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River Hull (Wharves)

Volume 655: debated on Monday 12 March 1962

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80 and 81.

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) if he will state the number of wharves on the River Hull which have been below flood level for over twelve months and now have only temporary sand bag protection; and what steps have been taken preparatory to court action to ensure that these wharves are brought up to flood prevention level;(2) what steps are to be taken to ensure that all possible deficient wharves on the River Hull are raised above flood level by permanent work before the current equinoctial high water spring tides on 20th March.

The Kingston-upon-Hull Corporation has served sixty-six notices under the Hull Corporation Act, 1925, requiring owners to raise their wharves to prescribed levels. In all but four cases permanent works have been completed. Sandbagging is necessary as a precautionary measure in these cases. I understand that negotiations are continuing to ensure that permanent works are done, and I hope this will obviate the need for court action.