§ 9. Wyn Roberts
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what are his powers regarding land drainage in Wales; and if he will take steps to increase them.
§ Mr. Strang
My right hon. Friend the Minister's land drainage powers in Wales arise under the Water Act 1973 and the Land Drainage Act 1976 and are substantially the same as those in England. They are concerned principally with the execution of general policy, within the national policy for water in England and Wales, and administrative matters in connection with the land drainage functions of the water authorities, internal drainage boards and other drainage authorities.
We have no proposals to increase these powers.
§ Mr. Roberts
Will the Minister have a look at the Gyffin drainage scheme, in my constituency, and consider whether his powers are adequate to deal with that situation? Does he agree that, in view of the delay on this scheme, his powers are inadequate?
§ Mr. Strang
I am reminded that the last time that I met the hon. Gentleman was when he took up with me the question of drainage at Llandudno Junction. I understand that since then work has been progressing satisfactorily, and I shall be very happy to investigate the other matter that he has raised today.