When water companies will be required to deliver the first stage of reductions in the level of sewage discharged into rivers and the sea – Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb.
Huw Merriman: ...and propose reform; what is not fair is denigrating people who work incredibly hard to improve our legislation. I am thinking of, for instance, the Environment Bill and the impact it will have on sewage discharge in my constituency, and the help that was given to us by the House of Lords, whose proposals the Government agreed with and our side voted for. Does the ministerial team agree...
Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb: ...these measures, but it is a hopeless case. The Government are very quick to talk about the views of the public and what the public want, perhaps from a few clips on TV and a few emails, but on the sewage amendment to the Environment Bill, they had thousands and thousands of emails, but they absolutely ignored them and carried on allowing sewage to be pumped into our rivers and on to our...
Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times raw sewage has been discharged into rivers in England and Wales in the last year for which figures are available.
Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 9 November (HL3061), whether the number of spillages from United Utilities treatment plans into (1) Lake Windermere, and (2) Lake Grasmere, are expected to reduce further in (a) 2021, and (b) in subsequent years.
Greg Smith: ...concerns. Compounding the issues, the village also has an inadequate sewerage system. During periods of heavy rain, the Thames Water network simply cannot cope due to surface water ingress, so raw sewage bubbles up into the roads. I have been pushing Thames Water for a solution. To be fair, it agrees that something needs to be done, but no works have yet taken place. I am sorry to say that...
Lord Taylor of Warwick: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to stipulate a reduction in the volume of sewage that water companies can pump into waterways.
Ben Spencer: It is shameful. They build temporary homes with no thought to infrastructure, sewage, water or the impact on local services, all without permission. They destroy green fields and forest to make a quick buck. That in itself is enough to infuriate anyone, particularly my residents who live next to a rogue development, but there is something even worse—even more toxic and offensive—than the...
Mike Amesbury: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact of raw sewage discharges on the river Weaver at Northwich; and what steps he is taking to reduce those discharges.
Stephen Doughty: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much raw sewage has been released without treatment from English coastal towns on the Severn estuary and Bristol Channel in each of the last three years.
Matthew Offord: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact of the availability of ferric sulphate supplies on levels of untreated sewage being discharged into rivers.
Luke Pollard: ...contribution of the Minister for Nature Recovery and the Domestic Environment of 20 October 2021, Official Report, Column 843, if he will publish the methodology used in calculating that ending sewage outflows would cost up to £660 billion.
Rebecca Pow: ... (Luke Pollard), says—I do, as he knows, have great respect for him—that our Labour colleagues did not, in the end, vote to make that law to get water companies to reduce harm from storm sewage overflows. The tables were turned, and for that I am sorry. I think we need to get over that, too, and we all need to move on—
Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many fines have been issued to each water company for discharging raw sewage into bodies of water years in (a) 2018, (b) 2019, (c) 2020 and (d) 2021 to date.
Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many times each water company has been given permission to discharge raw sewage into bodies of water in (a) 2018, (b) 2019, (c) 2020 and (d) 2021 to date.
Rebecca Pow: ...regulator, puts enhancing environmental quality as a clear key priority. The storm overflow task force, comprising government, regulators and water companies, will help address the problem of sewage discharge from overflows and our new chemicals strategy will build on an already robust statutory regime to ensure chemicals are managed and handled safely.
Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb: ...Boris Johnson—surely we can be a little kinder to young people. On “exceptional circumstances”, we all know that if you are a water company, exceptional circumstances mean you can release a sewage discharge any time you like, so, presumably, “exceptional” can be anything you want it to be, which is a little bit upsetting when it comes to the law, where words matter and should be...
Rachael Maskell: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he has taken to help ensure that sewerage and drainage infrastructure has capacity to manage waste sewage and drainage water.