§ 63. Mr. Sorensen
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that quantities of sand are frequently removed for building purposes from beaches 217 and foreshores and that this adversely affects the amenities of the coast; and what action he proposes to take to prevent this practice?
§ Mr. Stanley
The Board of Trade do not permit the removal of sand from Crown foreshore under their management if it is known that this will adversely affect the amenities of the coast, but in cases where the foreshore or beach is privately owned the Board of Trade can intervene to stop the removal of materials only if the operations can be proved to involve serious interference with the public right of navigation or to cause inroads by the sea. If the hon. Member will furnish details of the removals which he has in mind I shall be pleased to make inquiries into the matter.
§ Mr. Sorensen
Does not the right hon. Gentleman really feel that this is a very unwise and unfair way of removing the amenities of this country, and is he also aware that a number of the coastal authorities have expressed considerable dissatisfaction?
§ Mr. Stanley
As I have said, if the hon. Member will bring to my notice any special instances which he has in mind, I will see whether I can deal with them.
§ Mr. Noel-Baker
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this caused very serious flooding in Norfolk last year, and will he take steps to get further powers?