§ 15. Mr. Allaun
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how far the River Irwell flood prevention scheme will be affected by the recent circular 11/56 curtailing loan sanctions or grants for water and sewage disposal.
The Mersey River Board have submitted for grant-aid two further sections of the Irwell flood protection scheme, which are estimated to cost £62,000. These proposals will be allowed to go forward during the coming financial year.
§ Mr. Allaun
While thanking the Minister for that reply, may I inform him that there will be further and vital sections of the scheme submitted to him for consideration? When examining them, will he bear in mind the misery and ill-health inflicted by the 1954—and particularly the 1946—floods, when the living-rooms of thousand of Salford homes were flooded to a height of 3ft. by this filthy, stinking water, and that many of these homes have been damp ever since?
I will certainly bear in mind what the hon. Gentleman has said. Any further applications will be considered on their merits.
§ Mr. W. R. Williams
In the meantime, will the Minister go up there and have a look at the river? I am quite sure that if he had a look at it he would do what my hon. Friend asks.
From the hon. Gentleman's description it does not sound satisfactory. I will not dissent from what the hon. Gentleman has said.