HC Deb 03 May 1971 vol 816 c990
10. Mr. Barry Jones

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a further statement on the development of the Dee estuary.

Mr. Peter Thomas

I have nothing to add to the statement I made in the Welsh Grand Committee debate on Economic Affairs in Wales on 28th April, 1971.

Mr. Jones

A strong case could be made for the crossing on the ground of chronic traffic congestion in East Flint and increasing water shortages in the North-West, but is not the Secretary of State aware that the Dee crossing would be cultural dynamite for the Welsh way of life? Is he aware that there are blandishments from certain quarters to turn Flintshire into a smart bedroom for those in the executive classes in the North-West and Merseyside? Is he not prepared to grant equality of consultation? Will he listen to the wise statements of the Flintshire County Council and the Dee and the Clwyd River Authority?

Mr. Peter Thomas

This is a complex matter, and many things have to be considered. The views of the local planning authorities have been sought, and the regional planning councils and the Water Resources Board are being consulted. All their views and other views which may be expressed will be taken into account before decisions are taken.

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