§ Mr. Spearing
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what investigations he has made concerning the nature and quantity of the material that must be excavated in the vicinity of the Maplin Sands in order to construct the proposed deepwater channel to the new port planned in the Thames Estuary.37W
§ Mr. Eldon Griffiths
Technical investigations into the construction of the proposed deepwater channel are the responsibility of the Port of London Authority. My Department is investigating the suitability of the dredged material from the channel for use in the land reclamation at Maplin, and expect to place an investigatory contract for this at about the beginning of June.