§ Mr. Ennals
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many of those members whom he appoints to regional water authorities have been chosen because of their interest in, or membership of (a) recreational and amenity bodies and (b) wildlife and nature conservation bodies.
§ Mr. Fox
Members of water authorities appointed by the Secretary of State are selected on a broad assessment of their ability to make a positive contribution to the running of the authorities. They are expected to play their part in discharging all of the authorities' responsibilities, including those relating to recreation and nature conservation. At the time that present members were appointed 13 were known to have a particular interest in recreational and amenity bodies: it is not known how many had an interest in wildlife and nature conservation.