HC Deb 29 April 1976 vol 910 cc177-8W
Mr. Adley

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what discussions he has had with interested bodies concerning the drought and near-drought situation in parts of the United Kingdom; and what contingency plans Her Majesty's Government are making to cope with a continuing water shortage due to low rainfall.

Mr. George Rodgers

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he is satisfied that adequate provision is being made to conserve water supplies in view of the long period of dry weather during recent months.

Mr. Shore

My right hon. Friend has set up a joint group of senior officials from my Department and representatives of the water industry to consider urgently the water supply situation and to assess with the industry what measures may need to be taken. This is in addition to the contingency arrangements already being planned by the industry. This group will hold its first meeting tomorrow, and I intend to hold discussions with the Chairman of the National Water Council and the Regional Water Authorities on 12th May.