HC Deb 19 March 1986 vol 94 cc240-1W
66. Mr. Ashdown

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what recent representations he has received concerning the environmental consequences of privatising the water industry.

Mr. John Patten

Three responses from environmental bodies were received to the discussion paper which was issued last year about water privatisation. A number of responses to the White Paper "Privatisation of the Water Authorities in England and Wales" (Cmnd. 9734) have raised environmental subjects. A consultation paper on environmental protection following privatisation will be issued shortly.