I thank my hon. Friend for her reply. Is she aware that there is great concern at the non-appearance of the review at a time when some of the country's finest wetlands, such as Halvergate marshes in Norfolk, are under threat, and that it is unacceptable to envisage the destruction of those wetlands with the use of public subsidies?
I appreciate my hon. Friend's concern. I can only assure him that the review has taken some time to complete because of the complex issues involved, but that we seek to publish the consultation document this summer.
When the review appears, will my hon. Friend ensure that the cost-benefit analyses for large drainage schemes are at last subject to public scrutiny? Does she accept that it is very seldom that truly confidential material is revealed by these analyses, and that when scarce habitats are being drained using public money, public interest demands disclosure?
Officials have considered the possibility of limited disclosure of the results of cost-benefit assessments, and their conclusions will also be included in the consultation paper.
Mr. Mark Hughes:
Will the hon. Lady specifically consider the problem of Wakefield? My right hon. Friend the Member for Wakefield (Mr. Harrison) is in major difficulty, as the process of draining upstream is causing tremendous damage in the city.