Water Quality (Bassenthwaite)

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24 March 1993.

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Photo of Mr Dale Campbell-Savours Mr Dale Campbell-Savours , Workington 12:00, 24 March 1993

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, pursuant to his oral answer of 27 January, Official Report, column 1029, what further developments have taken place in respect of management of water quality in Bassenthwaite.

Photo of David Maclean David Maclean Minister (Department of Environment) (Environment and Countryside)

I understand that the hon. Member had a useful meeting and follow-up with the National Rivers Authority. The NRA's study of water quality in Bassenthwaite is continuing and will enable the authority to establish whether improvements are required.

Photo of Mr Dale Campbell-Savours Mr Dale Campbell-Savours , Workington

I also had a useful and helpful meeting with North West Water. May I have an assurance that no administrative, procedural or bureaucratic obstacles will delay whatever proposals North West Water presents with a view to sorting out the problems in Bassenthwaite?

Photo of David Maclean David Maclean Minister (Department of Environment) (Environment and Countryside)

I, too, would deplore any unnecessary administrative or bureaucratic delays. The best way to avoid any bureaucratic delays in the future is to have this conclusive study conducted by the NRA, with which no one can disagree. If, following that study, the NRA should request North West Water to take remedial action, I would not anticipate any bureaucratic delays.