HC Deb 23 September 1943 vol 392 c390
58. Colonel Medlicott

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in regard to post-war employment plans, he will bear in mind the desirability of making appropriate labour available for schemes for protecting the coast from erosion and for reclaiming land previously lost to the sea and for draining and developing land from which the sea has receded?

Mr. Hudson

A certain amount of sea defence work for combating coast erosion has been carried out by the catchment boards constituted under the Land Drainage Act, 1930, where these works were necessary for protecting the drainage systems under their jurisdiction, and these works have been aided financially by my Department. No doubt catchment boards will have to carry out further works of this character after the war, and I will certainly bear my hon. and gallant Friend's suggestions in mind.

Colonel Medlicott

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind the fact that East Anglia has particular problems in regard to this danger, and will he also bear in mind the possibility of reclaiming the Wash?