HC Deb 24 September 1931 vol 256 cc1811-2

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that part of the drainage system of Islington dates back to the year of the Indian Mutiny; that the sewer under Caledonian Road runs into a connection of the Fleet River draining a large part of North London, with the result that in times of heavy rain there occurs a practical stoppage of outlet for Islington drainage at the King's Cross junction; that recent floods have occasioned serious hardship and loss to residents of West Islington; and whether he will make representations on the subject to the appropriate local authorities?

The MINISTER of HEALTH (Mr. Chamberlain)

I am aware of the circumstances, but am informed that it is not correct that there has been a practical stoppage of outlet at the King's Cross junction. The London County Council, with whom the borough council have communicated, are fully alive to the position. They have a scheme for adding to the storm relief sewers of London, and have already spent over £3,500,000 on the most urgent work. The scheme includes proposals for improving the drainage of Islington.


Is the Minister aware that these floods have been frequent ever since 1895, and nothing has been done?


I do not think it is correct to say that nothing has been done. I understand that improvements have been made from time to time. It is, however, impossible to provide that there will never be overcharged sewers in cases of exceptional floods.


Can the Minister say whether the construction of a system of relief sewers is one of the matters which will be delayed by the London County Council in accordance with what is believed to be necessary in view of the economic situation?


No, Sir, I cannot.