HC Deb 31 January 1945 vol 407 cc1462-3W
Sir T. Cook

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport if he is aware of further serious coastal erosion at Mundesley, Norfolk; and will he take steps to remedy the position.

Mr. Noel-Baker

Yes, Sir, I am aware that coastal erosion is taking place at Mundesley. As the result of an inspection carried out in October last by one of my professional officers, in company with my hon. Friend, the two local authorities concerned were warned that unless immediate steps were taken there was a danger that the whole sea wall might gradually collapse, and that this might lead to the subsequent erosion of the cliffs. Under the existing law it is for the local authorities and landowners to take steps to prevent erosion. My Noble Friend has neither power nor funds to carry out coast defence works.