§ 61. Mr. Gourlay
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when he received the views of the several local authorities in Fife and Kinross on the recommendations of the Scottish Water Advisory Committee to set up a regional water authority for the area; whether he is aware of the urgent need for an early decision on this matter; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Noble
The views of the authorities were received between the last week of September and the second week of January. They were not unanimous in supporting the Committee's recommendations. As I have told the House. I accept these recommendations in principle, and I intend shortly to discuss their implementation with the authorities.