§ Mr. Monro
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland, what information regarding the quality and quantity of water entering the Solway Firth will be obtained by Messers, Baptie, Shaw and Morton at a cost of £10–15,000 that is not already available from the Solway River Board and the Cumberland River Board.
§ Mr. Ross
The consultants are to investigate the quantity and quality of potable water which would be made available from the reservoir created by a barrage, and the probable cost. This will involve a study of all the data already available, including, for example, Admiralty charts in relation to storage basin capacities, and such past records as may be available of the former railway viaduct in relation to possible foundation conditions across the Solway. This information will be supplemented by site inspections and local inquiries and will be analysed in consultation with the Geological Survey Office and the Meteorological Office as well as with tidal, fishery and other experts.