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Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 22 November 2007.

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Photo of Bill Wiggin Bill Wiggin Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons each of the 20 coastal bathing sites which did not meet minimum bathing water standards in summer 2007 did not meet those standards; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Phil Woolas Phil Woolas Minister of State (Environment), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

My Department holds information on nine of the 20 bathing waters in the UK which failed to meet the minimum standards during the 2007 bathing season.

The reasons for failure at these nine sites are set out in the following table. These were mainly a combination of sewage pollution and/or diffuse water pollution from agriculture.

In addition, eight of these nine failures were affected by exceptionally heavy or persistent rainfall, as this summer was the wettest since records began.

Region Bathing Water Main reason(s) for failure Affected by rainfall
North East Runswick Bay Agricultural and sewage pollution Yes
Sandsend Agricultural pollution Yes
Staithes Agricultural pollution Yes
North West Aldingham Sewage pollution Yes
Morecambe South Agricultural pollution Yes
St. Annes Agricultural and sewage pollution Yes
South West Bude Summerleaze Agricultural and sewage pollution No
Instow Agricultural pollution Yes
Mothecombe Agricultural and sewage pollution Yes

Information on bathing water failures in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland is held by the relevant devolved administrations.

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