HC Deb 09 July 1990 vol 176 cc103-4W
Mr. David Porter

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) if he will make a statement on his Department's role in protecting Southwold, Reydon, Walberswick and surrounding villages from the sea(a) currently, (b) in the next financial year and (c) till the year 2000;

(2) if he will make it his policy urgently to assess the criteria for saving domestic dwellings from the sea to take account equally of environmental factors, cost benefits and housing.

Mr. Curry

A scheme under the Coast Protection Act 1949 to protect Southwold harbour is with the Department for approval. Many additional schemes are being undertaken in this financial year following the winter storms and they also have priority, so some schemes approved this year may be delayed into the next financial year.

I am not aware of any plans to protect Reydon, Walberswick and the surrounding villages. However, if a scheme satisfying our normal technical, economic and environmental criteria is submitted to the Department it will be given full consideration.

Mr. David Porter

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will bring forward an urgent scheme to compensate people who lost their homes to the sea in cases where environmental considerations outweigh coast protection schemes; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Curry

Works carried out to protect land under the terms of the Coast Protection Act 1949 require my prior consent. In deciding whether to give such consent our policy is to require a proposal to be technically sound, cost effective and environmentally sympathetic, and we have no plans to change that policy.

We are not aware of any case in which a coast protection authority has decided not to seek our approval

Division Counties covered by division Number of items claimed
Chelmsford Essex, Hertfordshire, parts of Greater London 15
Huntingdon Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire 7
Lincoln Lincolnshire 21
Norwich Norfolk and Suffolk 22
Crewe Cheshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire 345
Nottingham Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire 33
Preston Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester 91
Worcester Warwickshire, West Midlands, Metropolitan County, Hereford, Worcester 35
Beverley Humberside, South and West Yorkshire 44
Carlisle Cumbria 134
Newcastle Northumberland, Durham, Tyne and Wear, Cleveland 26
Northallerton North Yorkshire 82
Guildford Hants, IOW, Surrey, West Sussex, parts of Greater London 39
Maidstone East Sussex, Kent, parts of Greater London 18
Oxford Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire 30
Exeter Devon 237
Gloucester Avon, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire 86

for works because environmental considerations were judged to override protection of homes. No proposal submitted to us has been denied our consent solely by reason of environmental considerations. The Coast Protection Act does not provide for compensation to be paid for losses arising from coastal erosion and we have no plans to change our policy in this respect.