HC Deb 10 February 1971 vol 811 cc163-4W
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 grant 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.