HC Deb 23 January 1967 vol 739 cc947-8
10. Mr. Hall-Davis

asked the Minister of Land and Natural Resources what conclusions have been reached in the preliminary study relating to a Morecambe Bay Barrage; when the full report will be published; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Willey

The consulting engineers' reports on their desk studies on barrages across Morecambe Bay and Solway Firth will be published on Thursday, 26th January; and I hope to be able to make a statement very shortly.

Mr. Hall-Davis

Is the Minister aware that there is growing concern in the Morecambe Bay area that certain desirable projects are being delayed by the Government pending the conclusions of the report? Will he consider setting up a project consultative committee on which local authorities could serve and be kept fully informed of progress?

Mr. Willey

I will certainly consider what the hon. Member has said, but he will, I am sure, recognise that we should await publication of the report before making a statement on behalf of the Government.

Mr. Jopling

Can the Minister clarify his original Answer? Will the statement which he has promised be made on Thursday, the day on which the report will be published?

Mr. Willey

I prefer to rest on the words I have used, "very shortly". But "very shortly" indicates "very shortly".