Comprehensive terms of reference for the Board's studies of the Morecambe Bay and Solway barrage schemes have now been agreed. I will, with permission, circulate them in the OFFICIAL REPORT. The Board hopes to have appointed consultant engineers and to have begun work on its other studies by the end of the month.
Is the Minister aware that this reply will be very much appreciated in the area? Can he give an assurance that at the same time as these initial feasibility investigations of the barrage are being conducted, preliminary initial investigations will be made of the physical consequences on the areas bordering Morecambe Bay of a barrage in respect of such things as drainage and sewerage?