HC Deb 21 January 1986 vol 90 cc139-40W

Sir Richard Body

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what consultations he has with organisations representing the consumer before granting a derogation from EEC directive 80/778 relating to water supplies.

Mr. John Patten

Local authorities whose area contains a supply for which a derogation is requested are notified of the application and have the opportunity to comment to the Department. Comments received by the Department are taken into account before a decision is reached.