HC Deb 07 April 1976 vol 909 cc172-3W
67. Mr. Scott-Hopkins

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is his policy towards the proportion which a company or individual should pay for cleansing work of a river which he is known to have polluted and the percentage to be borne by public funds.

Mr. Denis Howell

Under the common law a person who has polluted a watercourse may be liable for damages which might include an element for its restoration. It is, of course, a general principle of pollution control practice in this country that the costs incurred in controlling or abating pollution are the responsibility of the polluter.