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Flooding, Clyde Valley

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th October 1953.

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Photo of Hon. Patrick Maitland Hon. Patrick Maitland , Lanark 12:00 am, 27th October 1953

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will consider setting up a Clyde River catchment board to assemble hydro-graphic data and recommend measures to avert or control flooding of adjacent farm and horticultural land.

Photo of Mr William Snadden Mr William Snadden , Kinross and West Perthshire

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his suggestion, but my right hon. Friend thinks it would be premature to consider setting up such a board until further progress has been made on the general question of land drainage legislation.

Photo of Hon. Patrick Maitland Hon. Patrick Maitland , Lanark

While thanking my hon. Friend for that reply, might I ask him whether any steps have been taken now to assemble scientific and hydrographic data about flooding in the Clyde Valley?

Photo of Mr William Snadden Mr William Snadden , Kinross and West Perthshire

No, Sir, nothing has been done in respect of the Clyde Valley, because in this field our skilled and trained staff is very small and has been almost wholly occupied in the Spey Valley survey. However, I have my hon. Friend's point in mind.

Photo of Hon. Patrick Maitland Hon. Patrick Maitland , Lanark

Will my hon. Friend take steps to ensure that such data are collected, because this is an urgent and pressing problem about which there is very strong local feeling?