HC Deb 08 December 1988 vol 143 cc280-1W
Mr. Livsey

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what cash amount it is assumed that the National Rivers Authority would generate itself through its income generation powers for each of the years 1989–90, 1990–91 and 1991–92 in anticipating grant in aid payments to the National Rivers Authority of £40 million, £71 million and £65 million for each of those years, respectively.

Mr. Moynihan

[holding answer 5 December 1988]: The assumptions about grant-in-aid for these years are based on financial projections which anticipate that the National Rivers Authority's income from direct charges will be £32.0 million in 1989–90, £58.0 million in 1990–91 and £73.0 million in 1991–92. It is assumed that the increased income in 1991–92 will be generated from the provision in the Water Bill to enable the NRA to charge dischargers the costs of administering water pollution control and enforcement. The projections do not take into account income or expenditure relating to the NRA's land drainage work, which is funded by a combination of capital grants, for which my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food takes public expenditure provision, and precepts on local authorities.