Mr. T. Williams:
The Minister of Health and I are anxious to set up a number of river boards that will take over functions from existing authorities on 1st April next. This can only be done if we deposit Draft Orders establishing these boards before the middle of November. In these cases, we do not feel able to extend the period of one month in which we asked for replies to our letter of 30th September, because of the consequent delay in setting up the boards. But we are ready to agree to a longer period in other cases.
Will the Minister bear in mind that if these river boards are to function satisfactorily it is most important that the maximum amount of agreement beforehand should be achieved, and would he be prepared to consider, in certain cases, a delay in the setting up of the board, even of six months or a year?