Wash Barrage (Feasibility Study)

Oral Answers to Questions — Local Government – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th March 1967.

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Photo of Mr Derek Page Mr Derek Page , King's Lynn 12:00 am, 14th March 1967

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what advice he has received from the Eastern Regional Economic Planning Council regarding the advisability of instituting a feasibility study for a Wash Barrage.

Photo of Mr James MacColl Mr James MacColl , Widnes

The East Anglia Planning Council has recommended that a start should be made on a feasibility study for the Wash Barrage.

Photo of Mr Derek Page Mr Derek Page , King's Lynn

Is my hon. Friend aware that recent thinking on this subject involves consideration of factors much wider than pure water conservation, such as new port facilities and the drainage of vast areas? Will he ensure that these new considerations are properly considered by his Ministry in setting up any feasibility study?

Photo of Mr James MacColl Mr James MacColl , Widnes

We should want to take everything into account before reaching a decision.