§ 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.