Llyn Brianne Water Scheme

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th July 1967.

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Photo of Mr Tudor Watkins Mr Tudor Watkins , Breconshire and Radnorshire 12:00 am, 20th July 1967

asked the Secretary of State for Wales, in view of the local concern over the action of the West Glamorgan Water Board in inviting tenders for work on their Llyn Brianne water scheme in advance of the announcement of the result of the public inquiry, if he will seek an undertaking from the Board that no authority will be given to anyone to enter land concerned with the scheme; if he will seek to cancel authorisation already given; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr Ifor Davies Mr Ifor Davies , Gower

My right hon. Friend has yet to arrive at his decision on this proposal, and no authorisations have been given by him. The Water Board invited tenders for roadworks so that in the event of the scheme being approved work could be started with the minimum of delay. This is not in accordance with normal procedures, and the Board has now, at my right hon. Friend's request, asked the tenderers to defer further inquiries.

Photo of Mr Tudor Watkins Mr Tudor Watkins , Breconshire and Radnorshire

Can my hon. Friend give me an undertaking that he has also asked the Board to cancel the authorisation certificates it has already given for people to enter on land without any permission? I am glad that my constituent ejected these people.

Photo of Mr Ifor Davies Mr Ifor Davies , Gower

I can give that assurance. My hon. Friend will recall that the Welsh Office acted very promptly in this matter. There is no right to enter on private land in connection with the project unless the power has been confirmed by my right hon. Friend under a water order.

Photo of Mr David Gibson-Watt Mr David Gibson-Watt , Hereford

I congratulate the Welsh Office on the action they took in this matter, but does not the hon. Member agree that this is an iniquitous example of jumping the gun and that in this case the rights of individuals have not been properly looked after?

Photo of Mr Ifor Davies Mr Ifor Davies , Gower

I should explain that no work was started, nor was it the intention of the Board to commence any work before my right hon. Friend had announced his decision. Consideration of submitted tenders was to be deferred until a decision had been given.