HC Deb 02 August 1935 vol 304 c2986

asked the Minister of Agriculture, whether, in view of the fact that he has announced that there will be a grant of 60 per cent. for the second portion of the River Nene catchment board's scheme as against one of 50 per cent. made for the first portion of the scheme, he will consider making a similar grant of 60 per cent. for drainage to the heavily-rated West Riding County Council and West Riding cities and boroughs?


I am not prepared to increase the offer already made to the Yorkshire Ouse Catchment Board of 33⅓ per cent. grant towards a scheme estimated to cost £1,250,000. The conditions in the two catchment areas to which the hon. Member refers are very dissimilar.


Is not the right hon. Gentleman aware of the great necessity of the work to be done in the Ouse catchment area, and should not that work be put in hand straight away?


I recently arranged to make an offer of a grant for a much larger scheme and I have every hope that that will be accepted and the work will be put in hand straight away.

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