HC Deb 26 May 1927 vol 206 cc2168-9
36. Mr. WELLS

asked the Minister of Agriculture what steps have been taken by the Ouse Drainage Board in the carrying out of the necessary works to deal with the danger of serious inundation, as reported by the Ouse Commission when they issued a warning of the danger of delay?

Major Sir HARRY BARNSTON (Controller of the Household)

I have been asked to reply. The Ouse Drainage Board are endeavouring to carry out their duties so far as their resources will allow, and considerable works of improvement are being carried out in different parts of the district. As stated, however, in the Report of the Ouse Commission, it is impossible for the land in the district to bear the burden of the works which the Commission reported to be necessary, without Government financial assistance. The Ouse Drainage Bill, which has been read a First time in this House, accordingly includes proposals for a grant from the Exchequer towards the cost of the works recommended by the Commission.


Has the hon. Baronet had an up-to-date report on the actual position to-day in the are?


I will see what can be done.

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