§ 7. Mr. Bottomley
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many applications for grant towards land drainage have been received from Kent during the current financial year; what was the estimated cost; how many have been sanctioned; and how many are still outstanding.
Since 1st April, 1956, applications for grant aid have been received in respect of six arterial land drainage schemes in Kent, estimated to cost £70,650. Five of these schemes, estimated to cost £69,645, have been sanctioned, and one, estimated to cost £1,005, has been approved in principle but deferred owing to restrictions on capital expenditure.
§ Mr. Bottomley
Does the Minister realise that this is really not doing enough, and that many people in Kent are of the opinion that more money might be spent on land drainage than on war?
When the right hon. Gentleman looks at my figures, he will see that we have approved £69,000 out of £70,000 worth of applications.