asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government whether all the functions of the Water Division of his Department as constituted in the last Parliament are to be administered by his Department as now constituted, having regard both to the position in England and in Wales; and whether he will make a statement.
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that he has not answered my Question with regard to England at all? Is he aware that his right hon. Friend the Prime Minister said that his right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales would take over all the responsibilities of that Department in Wales, and does he not agree that the river authority boundaries transcend national boundaries between England and Wales? Would it not be a disaster if the functions were divided between two senior Ministers?
I agree with the hon. Gentleman that it would be a disaster if any quick decision were made about the boundaries in these matters. Therefore, it is important to consider them. That is why my right hon. Friend is taking some time in considering his statement.