HC Deb 05 June 1931 vol 253 cc586-8

Order for Second Reading read.

The CIVIL LORD of the ADMIRALTY (Mr. G. H. Hall)

I beg to move, "That the Bill be now read a Second time."

This Bill is not controversial, and the only three parties interested will be the Admiralty, the Board of Trade, and the Humber Conservancy. Under the powers of the North Killingholme (Admiralty Pier) Act, 1912, the Admiralty constructed a pier or jetty at that place, to be used in connection with the transfer of oil fuel to and from the Naval Oil Fuel Installation. Statutory authority was necessary because the Humber Conservancy Board have no power to sanction works to be constructed beyond certain limits known as "River Lines." In 1916 it was found necessary to moor two hulks—one at each end of the "T" head of the pier—in order to accommodate the type of vessels using the pier and generally to facilitate berthing operations. These particular hulks reached the end of their life in 1921 when they were replaced by those at present in position. The condition of these hulks, which are partly filled with concrete, is now such that it is imperative that they should be removed without any avoidable delay. It is therefore proposed to replace them by dolphins connected by gangways to the existing pier, and for she execution of this work and certain other strengthening work to the pier statutory authority is required as was the case in 1912.

Clause 1 of the Bill describes the works to be executed. Clause 2 has been inserted to meet the views of the Humber Conservancy with regard to the lighting of the pier and dolphins, and the removal of the structures in certain eventualities, and the Clause has been accepted by them and the Board of Trade as satisfactory. Clause 3 applies certain provisions of the Act of 1912 to the present proposals. It enables the Admiralty to acquire easements for the work, to deviate from the lines and levels shown on the deposited plans within the limits of deviation shown on those plans, to dredge, etc., the bed, shores and channel of the River Humber adjoining or near the pier or dolphins, provides a penalty to be imposed on anyone obstructing the execution of the work, states a period within which the work must be completed, and also saves the powers of the Humber Conservancy Board under their Acts, 1862 to 1907. The number of men to be employed will be approximately 30, and the time to be taken will be from 9 to 12 months.

Question put, and agreed to.

Bill read a Second time.

Resolved, "That it is expedient that the Bill be committed to a Joint Committee of Lords and Commons."—[Mr. T. Kennedy.]

Message to the Lords to acquaint them therewith.

The remaining Orders were read, and postponed.

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