HC Deb 17 December 1986 vol 107 c578W
22. Mr. Janner

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will seek new powers to counter pollution in rivers and canals.

Mr. Waldegrave

I am satisfied that the powers in part II of the Control of Pollution Act 1974 are generally adequate to deal with pollution of our rivers and canals. However, the Government have already identified some further changes which may be necessary, including the need for legislation to allow the setting of statutory quality objectives.