HC Deb 02 July 1986 vol 100 cc530-1W
Mr. Onslow

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps he takes to monitor the levels of water abstraction for agricultural purposes from rivers in England and Wales.

Mr. John Patten

It is for water authorities to monitor water resources and to license abstractions (other than their own), which are controlled under the Water Resources Act 1963. Most agricultural abstractions are however exempt from licensing.

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