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Land Drainage

Volume 35: debated on Monday 17 January 1983

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list the membership and terms of reference of the committee reviewing land drainage, the organisations and persons who have submitted evidence to it and the date by which the committee is expected to report.

The review which I announced on 29 July 1982 covers all aspects of the administration and financing of land drainage and coast protection. It is being undertaken by a committee of officials of the Departments concerned, under the chairmanship of a deputy secretary in my department. The committee hopes to submit its report to the Ministers concerned by early February.No organisations or persons outside the Departments have been invited to submit evidence, but when my colleagues and I have had an opportunity to study the report, we shall issue a consultation paper to all interested organisations for comment.