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River Wissey (Dredging)

Volume 393: debated on Thursday 4 November 1943

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asked the Minister of Town and Country Planning whether he was consulted by the Ministry of Agriculture before the agricultural scheme was authorised which devastated the upper reaches of the River Wissey in Norfolk recently dredged at the request of the Ministry of Agriculture by the Ouse Catchment Board in such a way that the amenities will not recover for at least 20 years?

The answer to my hon. and gallant Friend's Question is "No"; but I must not be taken as accepting his description of the work referred to.

Is it not a fact that the river has been completely devastated by the work of the Ouse Catchment Board, and will the Minister reverse the emphasis of his namesake in the Cabinet and exercise a little war-time control over these matters?

I do propose to consult my right hon. Friend with a view to preventing any undesirable development of this sort.