HC Deb 25 June 1959 vol 607 cc158-9W
72. Sir P. Agnew

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if, with a view to ensuring the success of the remedial measures towards which provision is being made under the Land Drainage Act, 1930, to arrest erosion by the River Severn, he will institute negotiations with the responsible authorities concerned with the speed of vessels in the river, so as to reduce the permitted speed substantially below 10 miles an hour.

Mr. Watkinson

The British Transport Commission, which is the navigation authority for the River Severn, already has the matter in hand. The Commission is preparing new draft byelaws for the navigation, in which it will propose to modify the speed limit, and it hopes to be in a position to consult interested parties shortly. Meanwhile the Commission is doing all in its power to ensure that barges comply with speed limits and navigational requirements generally.