HC Deb 15 July 1924 vol 176 cc198-9
32. Colonel Sir CHARLES YATE

asked the Minister of Transport whether, in view of the need for additional transport facilities, he will consider the question of re-opening the River Severn to navigation as it was in former days?


The responsibility for the maintenance of the Severn navigation rests with the Severn Commissioners, and I have received no complaints to the effect that the navigation is not being maintained. I should be glad, however, if the hon. and gallant. Member would take an opportunity of explaining to me more fully what is in his mind.


Is the hon. Gentleman aware that, within the memory of man, the Severn was navigable right up to Shrewsbury; and will he make inquiries and see whether anything can be done?


Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the Severn Commissioners are now in debt to the tune of several hundred thousand pounds?