§ 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?
§ Mr. GOSLING
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.
§ Sir C. YATE
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?
§ Mr. HANNON
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the Severn Commissioners are now in debt to the tune of several hundred thousand pounds?