HC Deb 21 July 1971 vol 821 cc284-5W
Mr. John Hannam

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what action he proposes to take to protect the Palace of Westminster against the risk of flooding.

Mr. Amery

In keeping with the action which the Greater London Council are taking to raise the level of the Thames flood defences generally, I am arranging for the terrace wall of the Palace of Westminster to be raised by some 15–18 ins. and for a wall some 6 ins. high to be built along Black Rock Garden. This work will be carried out during the Summer Recess.

I have recently invited the Services Committee to consider proposals for raising the level of the terrace so that Members may continue to enjoy the same view over the river as they now have. Following the completion of the Thames barrier the terrace wall may be lowered if the level of the water permits.