asked the Minister of Transport what action he has taken to secure the removal by the purchaser of the wreck from the channel of the harbour at Brancaster, Norfolk; when he expects the removal to be completed; and whether, in view of the danger to shipping and the difficulties for the fishermen there caused by the delay in removing this wreck, he will now himself reassume direct responsibility for the removal.
Continuous pressure has been put on Mr. Clark, the owner of this wreck, to begin the work of removing it. He has now said that he intends to start work immediately after the Bank Holiday.My right hon. Friend is unable to say how long it will take to complete the work, but it is in Mr. Clark's interest to proceed with it as rapidly as possible. There is no way in which my right hon. Friend can assume responsibility while Mr. Clark remains the legal owner.