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.
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.
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.
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.