§ Mr. Hardy
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many proposed schemes he is aware of which would effect change in estuaries in England and Wales where these would involve the development of power generation or of substantial additional activity; and if he will list the estuaries involved.
§ Mr. Moynihan
Major tidal systems on the Severn and Mersey estuaries are currently under investigation. Part of the costs of those studies, which include environmental assessment work, is being met by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Energy. Industrial or other development proposals on estuaries are primarily questions for the local planning authorities but, if the hon. Member has a particular problem in mind and will write to me giving details, I will look into it.