§ Mr. OLDFIELD
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he will take steps to ease the burdens imposed upon dwellers in certain low-lying districts for the upkeep of sea-walls; and whether he will consider making the upkeep and, where necessary, the heightening of such coastal defences a national charge?
§ Mr. N. BUXTON
Subject to certain terms and conditions, grants for the improvement or repairs of sea defence works are already available through the Mininstry or Unemployment Grants Committee. I may add that my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade has under consideration a Coast Protection Bill, which he hopes to be able to introduce at an early date, based on the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Coast Erosion.