HC Deb 20 June 1938 vol 337 cc699-700
55. Mr. Gallacher

asked the Minister of Health whether any instructions are issued to local authorities carrying out planning schemes in connection with coastal preservation that in all cases provision must be made to prevent the loss of public access to the land immediately above high-water mark in consequence of erosion?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health (Mr. Bernays)

It is for the planning authority to decide in the first instance what provisions should be included in their scheme; but the hon. Member may rest assured that, whenever a scheme affecting the coast line is submitted to my right hon. Friend for approval, the question of securing public access to cliff or beach will receive his special attention.

Mr. Gallacher

Will the Minister draw attention to the fact that something should be done to place the cost of any work that has been done if the coast is destroyed by the rubbish put out by various companies, such as coal, and so on?

Mr. Bernays

I cannot answer that question without notice. If the hon. Gentleman has any particular case in mind I shall be glad to give the matter consideration.

Mr. Gallacher

I will send the hon. Gentleman a case.

56. Mr. Gallacher

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether in order to preserve the coast, especially in rural areas, consideration will be given to the giving of special grants to local authorities who undertake the necessary work in this direction?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade (Mr. Cross)

I would refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 15th February to a similar question by my hon. Friend the Member for Blackpool (Mr. R. Robinson).

Mr. Gallacher

Can the hon. Gentleman say whether any consideration at all has been given to the foreshore at Buckhaven and to the work that it is necessary to do there in order to overcome the damage which has been done by the Wellesley Redd Bing?

Mr. Cross

I think that the whole of that is rather covered by the answer to which I have referred.