Morecambe Bay and Solway Firth Barrages

Oral Answers to Questions — Land and Natural Resources – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 23rd January 1967.

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Photo of Mr Alfred Hall-Davis Mr Alfred Hall-Davis , Morecambe and Lonsdale 12:00 am, 23rd January 1967

asked the Minister of Land and Natural Resources what conclusions have been reached in the preliminary study relating to a Morecambe Bay Barrage; when the full report will be published; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr Frederick Willey Mr Frederick Willey , Sunderland North

The consulting engineers' reports on their desk studies on barrages across Morecambe Bay and Solway Firth will be published on Thursday, 26th January; and I hope to be able to make a statement very shortly.

Photo of Mr Alfred Hall-Davis Mr Alfred Hall-Davis , Morecambe and Lonsdale

Is the Minister aware that there is growing concern in the Morecambe Bay area that certain desirable projects are being delayed by the Government pending the conclusions of the report? Will he consider setting up a project consultative committee on which local authorities could serve and be kept fully informed of progress?

Photo of Mr Frederick Willey Mr Frederick Willey , Sunderland North

I will certainly consider what the hon. Member has said, but he will, I am sure, recognise that we should await publication of the report before making a statement on behalf of the Government.

Photo of Mr Michael Jopling Mr Michael Jopling , Westmorland

Can the Minister clarify his original Answer? Will the statement which he has promised be made on Thursday, the day on which the report will be published?

Photo of Mr Frederick Willey Mr Frederick Willey , Sunderland North

I prefer to rest on the words I have used, "very shortly". But "very shortly" indicates "very shortly".