The Institution of Civil Engineers has proposed amendments to the certificates and forms prescribed by regulations made under the Reservoir Safety Provisions Act 1930. These proposals will be discussed at a meeting later this month between the institution and the Department.
I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for that reply. Is he satisfied with the general level of third party insurance against dam disasters? If not, will he bring forward legislation to provide for this?
That is a matter for the owners of the reservoirs. There is no power to make regulations in that connection at present; as my hon. Friend said, it would need legislation. On the reorganisation of water services, the resources of the regional water authorities should remove any anxiety about the capability of meeting any claim for damages.
Is the Minister aware that the people of the North are more interested in getting the Kielder Dam proceeded with than in its design, and that unless his complacent right hon. and learned Friend makes a speedy decision he will go down in history in the North as the Minister who murdered the industrial future of the north-east of England?