Private Water Supplies

Part of Rural Affairs and the Environment – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:15 pm on 7 June 2007.

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Photo of Murdo Fraser Murdo Fraser Conservative 2:15, 7 June 2007

I thank the minister for his response which, if warm, was not terribly supportive.

The minister will be aware that there is widespread concern in rural Scotland that, under the new regulations, many small businesses are being clobbered with large bills from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency. Does he agree that, in order to avoid unnecessary damage to the fragile economies of our most rural and remote areas, it is time to review both the implementation of the regulations and the grant scheme that was introduced to help to defray costs?