HC Deb 19 May 1971 vol 817 cc297-8W
59. Mr. Turton

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the minimum mean flow of the Ouse at Skelton above York; and what investigations are being undertaken into the possibility of using water from the Ouse in the West Riding.

Mr. Graham Page

A reliable technique for measuring flows at Skelton was not instituted until 1969 and a period of less than two years is much too short for the determination of a minimum mean flow. The River Authority hope to secure an additional 10 million gallons a day from the river by revising the rules under which discharges are made from the Gouthwaite reservoir to the River Nidd, and they hope to meet the committee of mill owners who are responsible for these discharges next month.