§ 50. Mr. Evelyn Walkden
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he will give an assurance that the maximum effort is now being made to prevent a recurrence of the flooding and widespread 1426 damage to homesteads, farm buildings, agricultural land, and smallholdings in the districts of which he has been informed?
I am assured that the drainage authorities concerned are taking all practicable steps to prevent a repetition of the events to which the hon. Member refers.
§ Mr. Walkden
Is the Minister aware that during the recent disastrous floods 36 farmers in that area suffered damage to the extent of £10,000, and that they are almost destitute, or bankrupt?
I am aware of the difficulties to which the hon. Member refers, which were very largely the result of the worst floods for at least 10 years. I am assured that certain steps have been taken, or are being put in hand, to try and obviate any recurrence. I cannot pretend that those steps will not take some considerable time to carry out.