§ Mr. Murphy
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what arrangements are being made to publicise the high risk flooding days of the River Thames in London.
§ Mrs. Fenner
Although it is possible that a major tidal surge could come at any time and cause the River Thames to flood, the period of highest risk occurs during the months of September to April. During this period serious flooding could result if a tidal surge coincided with an "average" high tide. For some years now the Greater London Council has been responsible for warning Londoners of the risks of flooding and during the 1981–82 season, which is just coming to an end, they again mounted an extensive publicity campaign. It is hoped that the Thames Barrier will be completed by the end of 1982 and London will then be fully protected. In the meantime, however, the council will continue to issue publicity to make sure that Londoners are kept fully informed of the dangers of flooding.