To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what progress has been made in implementing the flood relief scheme for Maidenhead.
The proposed scheme is planned to commence in mid-1992, although consideration is being given to ways of bringing this date forward. The National Rivers Authority (NRA) Thames region is currently consulting interested parties with the aim of reaching agreement prior to seeking planning approval early in 1991. This timetable has been agreed with the planning authorities. Detailed design of the scheme will be completed once planning consent has been obtained. The NRA also proposes to apply for grant from the Department towards the costs.