§ Mr. Rooker
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what information he has about the effects on industry and housing of the rise in the water table in the Birmingham area.
§ Mr. Moynihan
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment is aware that there has been a significant rise in Birmingham's water table over the last few years as the extraction rate has declined. The effects of this appear, however, to be very localised and remedial action is being taken by those affected as necessary.