HC Deb 30 October 1956 vol 558 c1225
12. Mr. Russell

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if he is aware that during heavy rain in recent weeks the Wealdstone Brook has overflowed to such an extent that the foundations of houses in Brook Drive, Wembley, have been flooded ; and if he will now grant loan sanction for the necessary improvements to be carried out.

Mr. Powell

My right hon. Friend is aware of continued complaints about the flooding of the brook. The Middlesex County Council, which is discussing its improvement scheme with the Wembley Council, has not yet applied for loan sanction.

Mr. Russell

Does my hon. Friend not agree that one of the reasons the council has not yet applied for loan sanction is that it has not thought that it would get it if it did? Will he give some encouragement to the authority to make an application?

Mr. Powell

The initiative lies with the county council, and clearly an application cannot be judged until the scheme has been seen.