HC Deb 02 June 1938 vol 336 c2229
58. Mr. Groves

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that in April, 1931, his Departmental Committee was appointed to inquire into the circumstances of possible flooding of the River Thames and that this committee reported its deliberations and recommendations in 1933; what these recommendations were; and whether any have been implemented?

Mr. Elliot

Yes, Sir. The principal recommendation was that a Joint Committee should be set up to survey the problem and to formulate and control generally the action necessary for flood prevention in the tidal basin of the river. Other recommendations dealt with the machinery for the purpose, including amendments of the existing law; it was suggested, also, that the Government should bear the cost of an investigation into North Sea surges. The recommendations, however, were not generally acceptable to the authorities concerned and have not been implemented.

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