HC Deb 24 July 1952 vol 504 cc734-5
7. Mr. Anthony Greenwood

asked the Minister of Agriculture what flood prevention work has been completed on the River Irwell above Bury during the past three years; what schemes are at present in hand; and what further schemes are contemplated.

Sir T. Dugdale

Works of dredging and channel improvement have been completed by the Mersey River Board at Summerseat, Ramsbottom, Strongstry, Edenfield, Rawtenstall and Stacksteads. Remedial works are now being done at Townsendfold where serious river bank erosion and shoaling was taking place; this includes a deflection wall designed as a result of model experiments.

In addition to general regrading works, the possibility of afforesting parts of the Upper Irwell Valley is being considered in the hope that this might reduce the variation in river discharges which is at present accentuated by the bare and steep nature of the catchment area.

Mr. Greenwood

Does the Minister anticipate that when this work is completed it will prevent any serious flooding?

Sir T. Dugdale

I do not think that I of work in these matters. Has he any can go as far as that.

Mr. G. Brown

Will the Minister say how much he thinks the cut in investment for drainage purposes which he recently announced has restricted and delayed this important work?

Sir T. Dugdale

That is an entirely different question. I have answered the Question on this particular problem.