HC Deb 07 July 1987 vol 119 cc133-4W
Mr. Greg Knight

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps he is taking to improve effluent standards in British rivers.

Mr. Moynihan

The Government have already published proposals to introduce statutory river quality objectives to which effluent standards must conform, and generally to strenghten and update water pollution control legislation. The establishment in April of a water inspection arm within Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Pollution and the decision to establish a National Rivers Authority will further strengthen the monitoring and enforcement of such standards.