Oral Answers to Questions — East Coast (Foreshore Damage).

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons on 1st March 1938.

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Photo of Captain Euan Wallace Captain Euan Wallace , Hornsey

As my hon. Friend will be aware, the term "foreshore" is not applied to land above the high-water mark of ordinary spring tides. The position as regards the ownership of foreshore varies on different parts of the East Coast. Much of the foreshore is the property of the Crown and is under the management of either the Board of Trade or the Commissioners of Crown Lands. Other stretches of foreshore are the property of individual owners or local authorities. If my hon. Friend will furnish particulars of any particular stretch of foreshore in which he is interested I will have inquiries made as to whether or not it is owned by the Crown. With regard to the last part of the question, the Board of Trade have no jurisdiction above high water mark of ordinary spring tides, and, therefore, do not arrange for the examination of earth works constructed above high water mark.