§ Mr. Warren
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will give a report on the progress made by water authorities in meeting the EEC directive concerned with the quality of river waters abstracted for public supply.
§ Mr. Denis Howell
As the first step in the implementation of the directive, the Department has asked water authorities to complete a provisional classification of surface water sources and treatment plants. Most of the returns have now been received; the intention is to discuss them with the water authorities before further guidance is issued.