HC Deb 17 July 1929 vol 230 cc460-1W

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he has any schemes for land reclamation in the Wash under consideration; and how many acres of land in this area were reclaimed by German prisoners during the War?


I have been asked to reply. The practicability of carrying out schemes of land reclamation in the Wash is under consideration. As regards the latter part of the question, no portion of the Wash was entirely reclaimed by German prisoners, but in 1917–18 prisoners were employed in filling in certain gaps in a bank constructed by a drainage authority for the enclosure of an area of 574 acres. Prisoners were also employed during 1918–19 in the construction of another bank, but were withdrawn before this was completed.