HC Deb 30 July 1931 vol 255 cc2457-8

asked the Minister of Transport whether, in view of the changed conditions since the Tees Conservancy Commission was formed, he is prepared to institute an inquiry into the claim of the Eston, Thornaby, Redcar, and Billingham districts to direct representation on the Commission, especially in view of the fact that the village of Yarm is now entitled to appoint two representatives, and that the Borough of Middlesbrough and the Borough of Stockton are likewise in a position to nominate members on the Commission?


asked the Minister of Transport if he is aware that the Urban District Council of Billingham has no direct representative on the Tees Conservancy Commission; and whether, in view of the size, importance, and special interests of this council, he will take the necessary steps to readjust the representation or add two representatives of the council to the Commission?


My right hon. Friend is aware that the local authorities of the districts mentioned have not the right of appointing representatives on the Tees Conservancy Commission. Private Bill Legislation would be necessary to authorise such an amendment of the constitution of the Commission, and the matter appears to be primarily one for the consideration of the Commission themselves.


Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that the work performed by this Commission is of vital importance to the urban district of Eston and the borough of Redcar, and will he not consider providing them with proper representation on this Commission?


My right hon. Friend is aware of all that, and in order to make the choice wider he was given power of appointment. This is a matter for private Bill legislation.


Has the Parliamentary Secretary had any complaint as to what has been done by the Tees Conservancy Commission?


I am not aware of any complaints having been received only so far as relates to appointment on the Board by outside authorities.