Clause 18. — (Prohibition of Excavation etc., of Materials on or Under the Seashore.)

Part of Orders of the Day — COAST PROTECTION BILL [Lords] – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25 October 1949.

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Photo of Mr Arthur Blenkinsop Mr Arthur Blenkinsop , Newcastle upon Tyne East 12:00, 25 October 1949

No, it is only in the area in which the coast protection authority makes an order. It is not the area of operation of the coast protection authority—that may, and will, be much wider; it is merely in that limited area within the authority of the coast protection authority which they, by order, specify. That is the first point.

4.30 p.m.

Secondly, even within that limited area which the coast protection authority regards as a danger area, the authority can issue licences. Finally, there would be a very real danger if we were to allow existing contracts to continue even though they may be in what I would term danger areas, as they may last for long periods of years and not necessarily for a week, or fortnight, or anything of that sort. To accept the Amendment would endanger the whole purpose of the Bill and I suggest that the position is safeguarded by ensuring that only in those areas specified by the coast protection authority in making an order would this apply.