Barrage Schemes (Mersey Docks and Harbour Board)

Oral Answers to Questions — Land and Natural Resources – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 10th May 1965.

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Photo of Mr John Tilney Mr John Tilney , Liverpool Wavertree 12:00 am, 10th May 1965

asked the Minister of Land and Natural Resources whether the Water Resources Board, in its study of the Dee and Morecambe Bay barrages, will consult the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board, on whose efficiency much of the wellbeing of Merseyside must depend.

Photo of Mr Arthur Skeffington Mr Arthur Skeffington , Hayes and Harlington

The Water Resources Board is not at present directly concerned with the Dee Barrage. On the Morecambe Bay scheme the Board will of course have to consult very widely. My right hon. Friend has not thought it necessary to give the Board detailed instructions as to the scope of its consultations, but I will bring the hon. Member's Question to their notice.

Photo of Mr John Tilney Mr John Tilney , Liverpool Wavertree

When the Water Resources Board ultimately looks at the Dee barrage will it also consider using sand dredged up from the Mersey, which is at present dumped in the Irish Sea, and the feasibility of taking it across the Wirral?

Photo of Mr Arthur Skeffington Mr Arthur Skeffington , Hayes and Harlington

Now that the hon. Gentleman has made that point, I shall see that it is considered.