River Quality

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Environment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th May 1989.

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Photo of Mr Giles Shaw Mr Giles Shaw , Pudsey 12:00 am, 24th May 1989

I entirely agree with my hon. and learned Friend's comment about the River Rother. Does he accept that the River Aire, which also suffers from excessive industrial effluent, will likewise take a considerable time to reach the proper grade? In that regard, will he confirm that the National Rivers Authority will not be slow to set up regional operations within the Yorkshire Water region so that a proper plan can be developed and adhered to in the new-found capacity of the plcs to borrow and spend money?