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Norfolk Broads (Restrictions)

Volume 389: debated on Thursday 27 May 1943

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asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of the changed circumstances, he will now review the regulations made over three years ago restricting the use of the Norfolk Broads and bring them up to date, so as not to deprive the public of these amenities?

I presume my hon. Friend is referring to the restrictions on mooring of pleasure vessels in the Broads imposed under a Direction issued by the Regional Commissioner. As I indicated in reply to a Question on 20th May, it is still considered necessary to maintain the requirement of immobilisation of unattended vessels in inland waters in certain counties, of which Norfolk is one. Whether in these circumstances it will be possible to remove the restrictions to which my hon. Friend refers I feel doubtful, but I will consider the matter in consultation with the Regional Commissioner and the other authorities concerned.

May I ask whether these prospective journeys on the Broads are really necessary?

Will the right hon. Gentleman consider allowing a limited use of the Broads to local inhabitants for fishing and similar purposes?