§ Mr. Willink
The work of the Inland Water Survey consists of collecting, collating and publishing records of measurements of the flow of rivers and, in conjunction with the Geological Survey, corresponding information concerning underground water. I regret that a general resumption of this long-term task is not practicable at the present time, since the central and local personnel concerned are for the most part otherwise engaged on work closely associated with our immediate war effort. I share my hon. Friend's view of the importance of resuming this work as soon as practicable, and indeed this is one of the matters which has been under close consideration in connection with water policy generally. Meanwhile, much useful further information on underground water has been secured by the Geological Survey arising out of direct war needs, and this and other information will be available when the time comes for a resumption of the work of the Inland Water Survey as a whole on, I hope, a larger scale.
§ Mr. Molson
Does not my right hon. Friend realise how difficult it will be to prepare a national water plan unless the data are available, and that any prolonged interruption of the collection of data greatly reduces the value of the information?
§ Mr. Bossom
Could not the information be published as soon as possible, because housing authorities would find it valuable?