HC Deb 24 July 1939 vol 350 c1009
33. Mr. De Chair

asked the Minister of Agriculture what progress has been made with drainage and flood-prevention schemes in the Great Ouse Catchment area; and whether he is satisfied that all necessary steps are now being taken to make the Fens safe from the risk of serious flooding?

Sir R. Dorman-Smith

As was stated in reply to a question by my hon. Friend on 6th February last, schemes of the River Great Ouse Catchment Board estimated to cost about £2,000,000 have been approved in principal for a Government grant of 75 per cent. Sections of these schemes are in progress or have been completed. As regards the last part of the question, the Catchment Board have appointed a consulting engineer to report as to the principles to be applied to provide an efficient and economic remedy for the drainage problems in the area, and I understand his report will shortly be available.

Mr. J. Morgan

Then the Minister is not satisfied that the Fens are safe from serious flooding at the moment?

Sir R. Dorman-Smith

I have not said that.

Mr. Morgan

You have not said otherwise.