HC Deb 07 April 1938 vol 334 cc525-6
74. Viscount Elmley

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he can give the reasons for, and the effect of, the further flooding at Horsey, Norfolk, on Sunday, 3rd April; and state what assistance will be given by his Department to the East Norfolk Catchment Board in preventing its recurrence?

The Minister of Agriculture (Mr. W. S. Morrison)

I regret to say that another exceptionally high tide accompanied by a north-west wind occurred last week-end at Horsey, with the result that a large portion of the newly-constructed defences and embankment were penetrated. The catchment board are considering the best course to adopt to meet the new situation, and officers of my Department have been in consultation with them on the site. The board have already been informed that a Government grant of 6o per cent. will be made towards the cost of the approved remedial works originally estimated at £16,000.

Viscount Elmley

Will my right hon. Friend give very careful consideration to the resolution which the catchment board passed at their meeting yesterday?

Mr. Morrison

Yes, I will gladly give sympathtic consideration to the resolution and to any other communication from the catchment board.