§ Mr. Allan Stewart
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what will be the effects on the work in Scotland of the Water Research Council of the privatisation of the water industry in England and Wales;
(2) what representations he has received concerning the future role of the Water Research Council in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
The organisation and work of the Water Research Centre is determined by its members, among them the Scottish water authorities and river purification boards. Arrangements are being made for the WRC to continue to serve the water industry, Government and other customers and for its work in Scotland to be maintained. No representations on the future role of WRC in Scotland have been received.