§ Dr. Dickson Mabon
The Board is taking part in the discussions to which my right hon. Friend referred in his reply of 8th February to the hon. Member for Inverness (Mr. Russell Johnston).—[Vol.740, c. 337.]
While thanking the Minister of State for that reply, may I ask whether he can say whether he will take powers to bring in a Bill enabling farmers and householders who suffer severe damage as a result of flooding to receive compensation?
My right hon. Friend is reviewing the existing legislation which is included in the Land Drainage (Scotland) Act, 1958, and the Flood Prevention (Scotland) Act, 1961, to see whether any further powers for flood prevention are necessary.
§ Mr. G. Campbell
Is the Minister aware of the importance attached to this matter in areas which could be affected, and will he ensure that all practicable precautions will be taken?
§ Mr. Alasdair Mackenzie
Is the Minister aware that there is general satisfaction in the Conon Valley area at the way in which his Department has got down to work on the embankments there? Is he further aware that there is very grave concern about the future and that many people there are anxious to know what is being done to inquire into the causes of the flooding? Can we expect some decision shortly, as a result of the discussions now going on between the various Departments?
§ Dr. Mabon
My right hon. Friend is much obliged to the hon. Gentleman for his kind remarks in the first part of his supplementary question. I should like to assure him on behalf of my right hon. Friend, who has visited these areas and has this same experience that he is certainly anxious to know what the discussions will bring forward, so that he can consider the matter further.