HC Deb 25 January 1944 vol 396 c547
73. Mr. Thorne

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether he can give any information in connection with the proposal to build a dam across the Thames in the Woolwich area; and what action he intends taking about the matter.

Mr. Noel-Baker

Yes, Sir, my Noble Friend recently received a deputation, the members of which urged upon him the advantages of building a dam across the Thames at Woolwich. My hon. Friend will realise that there is a considerable divergence of opinion about the merits of this proposal, and that many important interests are involved. For these reasons, and in view of the technical complexity of the matter, a prolonged and detailed inquiry would be required before a decision to build a barrage could be made. I regret that I cannot hold out any hope that this inquiry can be begun during the period of the war.