§ 31. Mr. Jessel
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment when he expects to reach a decision on the siting and financing of the Thames Flood Barrier at Silvertown; and what type of barrier this will be.
§ Mr. Peter Walker
The selection of a site depends upon trial borings and other tests with which the Greater London Council are proceeding urgently. I and my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food are ready to discuss the rate of Exchequer grant164W with the Council. I have already told them that he agrees that the right type of barrier will be a rising sector gate and asked them to begin detailed design work.