HC Deb 30 October 1985 vol 84 c525W
53. Mr. Gale

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what progress has been made in the last 12 months toward the establishment of further European standard bathing beaches in the United Kingdom.

Mrs. Rumbold

Major schemes to improve the quality of bathing waters at the following resorts were in hand or completed during the last 12 months:

Redcar (Langbaurgh), Seaton Valley, Caister, Margate, Hythe, Hastings, Ryde and Weymouth.

Substantial investment was also carried out to improve the Mersey estuary.

If current expenditure levels continue over the next 15 to 20 years we shall have eliminated most of those unsatisfactory discharges to coastal waters which affect areas of environmental or amenity significance.