HC Deb 09 May 1983 vol 42 c204W
Mr. Wigley

asked the Secretary of State for Wales in what areas of Wales the level of acid rain has been identified as reaching an unacceptable level; and what steps he is taking to combat this problem.

Mr. Ray Powell

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the effect of acid rain on the environment in Wales; whether he has had any discussions with interested organisations on the subject; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Wyn Roberts

Discussions have taken place between the Welsh Office and the Welsh water authority and other interested organisations. No areas in Wales have been identified where damage to agriculture can be directly attributd to acid rain. Some concern has been expressed that the failure of fish to survive in some streams and lakes may be due to acid rain, and the Welsh water authority are investigating this matter. In addition, the Welsh Office is currently funding two research projects on the frequency and ecological effects of acid rain.