HC Deb 04 August 1919 vol 119 c53W

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is yet in a, position to state if it is his intention to introduce a Suspensory Act, as suggested to him by a deputation of Welsh Members of Parliament on the 5th June last, to prevent industrial concerns, at the expense of the community, obtaining control of the water resources of Wales until the whole question can be carefully considered and brought in under the reconstruction scheme which the Government have in view to develop the water resources of the country generally; and whether the Aluminium Corporation, Limited, have still the power to dam up Lake Cowlyd, which authority was given to them in order to increase the output of aluminium for the purposes of the War?


I am considering the question of introducing legislation of an interim character providing for the control of water-power developments. The answer to the latter part of the question is that the Aluminium Corporation have applied to the Board of Trade for an Order, under the Special Acts (Extension of Time) Act, 1915, to extend for one year the period of three years fixed by the Conway and Colwyn Bay Joint Water Supply Board Act, 1916, for the completion of the dam of Lake Cowlyd. Notice of this application has been advertised, and objections to it should be sent to the Board of Trade on or before 2nd August.