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Coast Erosion, Robin Hood's Bay

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 7 April 1949

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asked the Minister of Health what steps he is considering taking to deal with coast erosion at Robin Hood's bay, in view of the fact that there is imminent danger to a considerable number of houses.

I am not aware that anyone, except the owners, has power at present to protect these private houses from coast erosion, but when the Coast Protection Bill now before Parliament has become law I shall be prepared to consider any proposals put to me by the responsible authority.

When that time comes will the Minister, in fixing the amount of the grant to local authorities, bear in mind that many of them were unable to carry out normal work during the war because, for military reasons, access was denied to them?

I should have to take the facts of each particular case into account, of course, and that would be one of the factors.