Topical Questions

Part of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – in the House of Commons at on 19 October 2023.

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Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The hon. Gentleman is wrong about that. There is a lot of chatter about water; we should never undermine the cleanliness of the drinking water that people enjoy. The interministerial group is working on different ways of measuring ecological status across the United Kingdom and we are looking to see what we might do about that. We made the change in 2016, which other parts of the United Kingdom did not, and we continue to work together as responsible Governments. I remind the hon. Gentleman, only 4% of storm overflows in Scotland are monitored—they would be better off getting on with that.