§ Mr. Stephen Ross
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he is yet in a position to make further funds available to Southampton University to enable it to continue its researches into the effects of dredging in the Solent upon the coastlines of Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
§ Mr. Marks
No funds have been allocated by this Department to Southampton University to carry out research into the effects of dredging in the Solent. The Department's limited research funds which are used for a variety of projects having a likely national application are already fully committed. I understand Southampton University is taking part in a project relating to the effects of dredging on the coastline of the Isle of Wight which is being financed by other bodies.