HC Deb 08 November 1971 vol 825 cc621-2
8. Mr. Roderick

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what steps he is taking to implement the recommendations made in the Water Resources Board Report, "Water Resources in Wales and the Midlands."

Mr. Gibson-Watt:

It is principally for the river authorities and statutory water undertakers to implement the recommendations of the Report. My right hon. and learned Friend. together with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment and the Water Resources Board, will give any assistance which may be required, provided that it does not prejudice any quasi judicial functions which my right hon. and learned Friend might eventually be called upon to undertake.

Mr. Roderick:

The Secretary of State has already given a "No" to the Dulas Valley. Will he now take the initiative and give a similar undertaking on the Senni Valley and not hide behind the initiative which the Usk River Authority will not take?

Mr. Gibson-Watt:

I am glad the hon. Gentleman joins me and my right hon. and learned Friend in appreciating what has been said and done about the Dulas Valley. We are ready to consider any application by the Usk River Authority to revoke the powers given to it by the right hon. Member for Cardiff, West (Mr. George Thomas) when he was Secretary of State for a site investigation of the Senni Valley.