HC Deb 19 March 1986 vol 94 c233W
30. Mr. Rost

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what progress he is making with his preparations for privatising the regional water authorities.

Mr. John Patten

My Department is continuing its preparations for legislation, which will be introduced at the earliest opportunity. Bids have been received from merchant banks for the work of advising the Government on flotation and an appointment will be announced shortly. I expect soon to issue consultation papers on protecting the water environment and a review of water and sewerage law.