HC Deb 14 November 1962 vol 667 cc366-7
24. Mr. Manuel

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many flood prevention schemes have been carried out under the provisions of the Flood Prevention (Scotland) Act, 1961.

Mr. Leburn

One scheme is under construction and nine authorities are known to have proposals under consideration.

Mr. Manuel

The hon. Gentleman will be aware that we have had recurring —'[HON. MEMBERS: "Question!"] Is the hon. Gentleman aware that in many areas in Scotland we have had recurring and serious flooding, and that there does not seem to be the progress that was anticipated by the Government when the Act was passed? Does the hon. Gentleman intend to take any steps to obviate such recurrences and prevent the loss and damage to property which takes place every winter?

Mr. Leburn

I am sure the hon. Gentleman knows that a flood prevention scheme necessarily takes some time to prepare and that other interests have to be consulted. We know that nine local authorities have this matter under consideration at the present time.

Mr. Ross

Can the hon. Gentleman tell us which local authorities are involved?

Mr. Leburn

I could, but it would take some time. Perhaps the hon. Gentleman will be satisfied if I send him a note about the matter.