HC Deb 23 July 1975 vol 896 cc213-4W
54. Mr. Gwynfor Evans

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on the extent of the dependence of English conurbations on Welsh water.

Mr. Denis Howell

Some 133 million gallons a day are sent direct to England from reservoirs and abstraction points in Wales. The largest supplies go to Birmingham and Liverpool. In addition some 270 million gallons a day are abstracted in England from the Dee and Severn to serve Merseyside, the West Midlands and cities near the lower Severn. The flow of these rivers is regulated by reservoirs in Wales which allow much larger amounts to be abstracted than would otherwise be possible.