HC Deb 06 February 1974 vol 868 c323W
63. Mr. W. T. Williams

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the present average outpouring of effluent into the River Mersey each day in the area of Warrington; what is the nature of that effluent; and how greatly the amount now polluting the river has varied during the past five years.

Mr. Rossi

Control of discharges to the River Mersey is the responsibility of the Mersey and Weaver River Authority. If the hon. and learned Member gets in touch with the authority, I understand that it will do its best to help him, subject to the statutory restrictions on disclosure of information.

65. Mr. Darling

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what advice he has given to river authorities on the prosecution of industrial undertakings responsible for polluting rivers; and what estimate he has made of the effects of their decision to abandon prosecutions on his policy of getting severely polluted watercourses cleaned as speedily as possible.

Mr. Rossi

The answer to the first part of the question is "None, Sir"; and to the second that my right hon. and learned Friend is not aware of any decision by a river authority to abandon prosecutions.