HC Deb 10 May 1965 vol 712 cc7-8
14. Mr. Hall-Davis

asked the Minister of Land and Natural Resources if he will publish the full terms of reference in his instruction to the Water Resources Board to undertake an initial feasibility study of a Morecambe Bay barrage project.

21. Mr. Symonds

asked the Minister of Land and Natural Resources what are the terms of reference of the Water Resources Board in connection with their feasibility studies of the Morecambe Bay Barrage.

Mr. Willey

Comprehensive terms of reference for the Board's studies of the Morecambe Bay and Solway barrage schemes have now been agreed. I will, with permission, circulate them in the OFFICIAL REPORT. The Board hopes to have appointed consultant engineers and to have begun work on its other studies by the end of the month.

Mr. Hall-Davis

Is the Minister aware that this reply will be very much appreciated in the area? Can he give an assurance that at the same time as these initial feasibility investigations of the barrage are being conducted, preliminary initial investigations will be made of the physical consequences on the areas bordering Morecambe Bay of a barrage in respect of such things as drainage and sewerage?

Mr. Willey

Yes. One has to keep various studies in mind, but one must get this study going first. We shall see how it develops and, if necessary, pursue other studies.

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