HC Deb 21 November 1946 vol 430 c156W
116. Mr. Skeffington-Lodge

asked the Minister of Health whether he will give details about the committee and its personnel appointed to examine the problem of access to catchment areas.

Mr. Bevan

The Central Advisory Water Committee which was appointed under the Water Act, 1945, for the purpose of advising me and other Ministers on questions of water resources and supplies has appointed a Gathering Grounds Sub-Committee, with the following terms of referenceTo investigate the question whether the public should be allowed access to gathering grounds owned or controlled by water undertakers, and the extent to which it is desirable that afforestation and agriculture should be permitted on gathering grounds.

The members and the organisations with which they are connected are as follow:

Lieut.-Colonel Sir Arthur Heneage, D.L., D.S.O., J.P. (Chairman): Central Landowners' Association.

Mr. H. Berry, M.P., L.C.C., A. I. Struct. E., F.R.S.A.: British Waterworks' Association.

Sir Wynne Cemlyn-Jones: County Councils' Association.

Sir Robert Doncaster, O.B E., J.P.: Rural District Councils' Association.

Colonel F. Hibbert, D.L., C.B.E., M.C., T.D., M. Inst. C. E., F.G.S.: British Waterworks' Association.

Mr. J. N. McClean: National Farmers' Union.

Mr. Philip Porteous, M. Inst. C. E.: Water Companies' Association.

Lord Rea: House of Lards.

Alderman N. F. S. Winter, J.P.: Association of Municipal Corporations.

Mr. G. A. Worth: Association of Drainage Authorities.

The sub-committee has co-opted three additional members who are not members of the Central Advisory Water Committee but have special knowledge of the matters under consideration. These gentlemen are:

Captain G. C. Bennet Evans: A hill farmer. Mr. Leonard K. Elmhirst: A member of the National Parks Committee.

Lieut.-Colonel E F. W. Mackenzie, O.B.E., M.C., M.B., Ch. B., D.P.H.. Director of Water Examination, Metropolitan Water Board.

The sub-committee is assisted by assessors from the interested Government Departments.