Grazing Marshes, Southwold Harbour.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture. – in the House of Commons on 12th March 1942.

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Photo of Mr Pierse Loftus Mr Pierse Loftus , Lowestoft

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that the work carried on by the East Suffolk Catchment Board on the mouth of the River Blyth, at Southwold Harbour, has resulted in hundreds of acres of valuable grazing marshes being now threatened with flooding by the sea; and what action he proposes to take in the matter?

Photo of Mr Robert Hudson Mr Robert Hudson , Southport

I am aware that erosion has taken place of the river embankments which protect the marshes to the west of Southwold Harbour. Certain remedial measures submitted to me by the East Suffolk Rivers Catchment Board have been approved for grant and will, I hope, be carried out at the earliest possible opportunity, allowing for the relative urgency of other items on the Board's war-time programme.

Photo of Mr Pierse Loftus Mr Pierse Loftus , Lowestoft

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the present disastrous state of affairs is entirely due to his Department, in conjunction with the Ministry of Transport, altering the plans laid down by a most competent authority?

Photo of Mr Robert Hudson Mr Robert Hudson , Southport

I cannot accept that statement.

Photo of Mr Pierse Loftus Mr Pierse Loftus , Lowestoft

In view of that reply, I beg to give notice that I will raise this matter on the Adjournment at the earliest opportunity