HC Deb 07 December 1950 vol 482 cc531-2
49. Mr. David Griffiths

asked the Minister of Agriculture how far the work at the Catcliffe flooded area has developed; and when the scheme is likely to be completed.

Mr. T. Williams

My Department is considering a works scheme for the benefit of Catcliffe submitted by the Yorkshire Ouse River Board in October last. The work will not be undertaken, however, until the local authorities concerned are ready to proceed simultaneously with measures for pumping house sewage and surface water from the area to be protected.

Mr. Griffiths

Is my right hon. Friend aware that this scheme has now been under consideration for a number of years, and will he consider giving a direction in this case because of the difficulties which have existed for a long time?

Mr. Williams

Yes, Sir, but I understand that drainage works alone are no solution for the problem of flooding at Catcliffe. I understand that if the Rotherham Rural District Council and the county council show signs of beginning their part of the work the river board are prepared to undertake work on their scheme as soon as possible.