HC Deb 11 November 1970 vol 806 cc368-9
13. Mr. Dempsey

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will discuss with the appropriate owning public authorities the preparation of a scheme for the piping and infilling of the Monk-land Canal, Airdrie; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Younger

A meeting took place with representatives of Airdrie and Coat-bridge Town Councils on 21st September and Airdrie Town Council has since indicated that it would be prepared to co-operate with Coatbridge in a scheme for infilling the canal. At the town council's request, discussions are now proceeding with Lanark County Council to examine the possibility of incorporating the county section of the canal into the scheme.

Mr. Dempsey

Is the Minister aware that this is an unguarded stretch of a disused waterway, which is a serious life hazard to young children? Will he do his very best to prevail upon Lanark County Council to agree to a joint scheme for the piping and filling-in of this canal and the removing of this hazard from the lives of young people?

Mr. Younger

I am sure that the local authorities involved fully appreciate all the arguments, but the cost involved is heavy and it is right that they should take time carefully to weigh this against the benefits which may be expected to accrue. We for our part will continue to use our good offices to try to resolve any difficulties as quickly as possible.