§ Mr. Newens
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will investigate the desirability of keeping records of the loss of land through erosion by the sea, with a view to establishing the extent of the problem.
The problem of erosion of land by the sea is kept under regular surveillance by maritime district councils. The Department is also associated with research into the problems of erosion.
The compiling and maintenance of central records would involve coast protection authorities in additional work which could not be justified in the present circumstances.
Since they were formed in 1974 the following coast protection authorities have carried out works to prevent erosion by the sea:
- West Norfolk District Council
- North Norfolk District Council
- Great Yarmouth Borough Council
- Waveney District Council
- Suffolk Coastal District Council
- Tendring District Council.
It is for the coast protection authorities themselves to carry out such coast protection work as may appear to them to be necessary or expedient for the protection of any land in their area.
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on the responsibilities of local authorities for preventing loss of land through erosion by the sea; and whether he is satisfied with the manner in which those who are faced with this problem are dealing with it.
All maritime district councils have powers under the Coast Protection Act 1949 to carry out works for the protection of land against erosion and encroachment by the sea. They decide 213W the degree of protection needed and submit schemes to the Department. I have confidence in the local authorities' exercise of their responsibilities in this respect.