Since the 25th July, 1929, the Minister has sanctioned 25 schemes of land drainage submitted by 14 authorities. The total cost will be about £27,000, of which about £16,000 will represent Government grant. The number of men to be employed is estimated at 536, and seven of the schemes are transfer schemes. I may add that, since the date mentioned above, arrangements, which have been under discussion for three years, have been finally completed in connection with a large scheme for the improvement of the River Welland of which the estimated cost is £190,000. The State grant will be 50 per cent. Of the final net cost.
As regards all these schemes, the grant will come from the funds of the Ministry. There are other drainage schemes, how-ever, in which the Ministry is interested, where the grant will be made through the Unemployment Grants Committee. These include two large schemes, the details of which have not yet been finally settled, for the River Thames and the River Wey, estimated to cost £300,000 and £240,000 respectively.
Yes. The work on the first mentioned group has already begun, I believe. The contracts for the Welland have already, I believe, been let, but I cannot say when the work will be started.
Will the right hon. Gentleman see that nothing in these schemes conflicts with any legislation which is to be brought forward in the Drainage Bill, so as to avoid overlapping?