HC Deb 18 March 1952 vol 497 c2092
40. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what are his proposals in regard to measures for preventing the flooding of the Nith and Garnock Valleys.

Mr. J. Stuart

As indicated in my reply to the hon. Member for Central Ayrshire (Mr. Manuel) on 4th December last, legislation will be required to provide adequate powers for promoting comprehensive schemes of drainage and flood control. The financial and other questions involved present considerable difficulties but it is my intention to have discussions with the interests concerned.

Mr. Hughes

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the discussions have been going on for a considerable period? Is he just going to let these valleys be flooded and leave people's property to be destroyed by water?

Mr. Stuart

It is a very complicated matter and a good deal of financial assistance is involved. I sympathise with the hon. Gentleman. I should like to see progress made.

Sir T. Moore

Has my right hon. Friend received a protest from the Ayr County Council which I sent him, and will he, as promised, give careful consideration to the arguments advanced, especially those in the last paragraph of the letter?

Mr. Manuel

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that I also sent him that document? Will he agree to take at least the first step of promoting schemes for the Nith and Garnock Valleys which could come into operation once the necessary money was available?

Mr. Stuart

I am afraid that it also requires legislation. I have not yet got the powers.