HC Deb 12 March 1942 vol 378 c1196
48. Mr. Loftus

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that the work carried on by the East Suffolk Catchment Board on the mouth of the River Blyth, at Southwold Harbour, has resulted in hundreds of acres of valuable grazing marshes being now threatened with flooding by the sea; and what action he proposes to take in the matter?

The Minister of Agriculture (Mr. R. S. Hudson)

I am aware that erosion has taken place of the river embankments which protect the marshes to the west of Southwold Harbour. Certain remedial measures submitted to me by the East Suffolk Rivers Catchment Board have been approved for grant and will, I hope, be carried out at the earliest possible opportunity, allowing for the relative urgency of other items on the Board's war-time programme.

Mr. Loftus

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the present disastrous state of affairs is entirely due to his Department, in conjunction with the Ministry of Transport, altering the plans laid down by a most competent authority?

Mr. Hudson

I cannot accept that statement.

Mr. Loftus

In view of that reply, I beg to give notice that I will raise this matter on the Adjournment at the earliest opportunity