§ Mr. Pike
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if his Department has conducted further studies during the last six months into problems related to the scrutiny and control of river pollution derived from agricultural activities; if he is considering more far-reaching co-operation with other Departments with regard to this matter; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Moynihan
The problems of river pollution derived from agricultural and other sources are kept under regular review and especially at the present time in the light of the416W Environment Committee's report on the pollution of rivers and estuaries. A number of initiatives are currently being considered to tackle the main sources of agricultural pollution and there is also ongoing research in this area.
My right hon. Friend expects to make a statement of the Government's policies in the near future.