I am afraid I cannot add anything to the reply which I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for the Isle of Ely on the 13th February last. The recommendations of the Royal Commission on Land Drainage are continuing to receive the active consideration of my Department; but it is already evident that a very considerable amount of survey work will be necessary in order to fix the boundaries of the various Catchment Areas, which from the point of view of urgency, will have to be included in any Bill that may be introduced to give effect to these recommendations.
Yes, that is the case, but we are getting on with the preparations for the Bill as fast as possible.
§ Miss LAWRENCE
Has the Minister taken into consideration the suitability of this work for providing schemes of work for the unemployed?
§ Mr. T. WILLIAMS
How does the right hon. Gentleman expect to solve permanently this drainage problem, until the land becomes the property of the nation?
I do not think the two problems of nationalisation and land drainage are connected as the hon. Member seems to consider.