HC Deb 20 June 1988 vol 135 c419W
Mr. Pawsey

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what steps he intends to take to reduce the levels of nitrates as a result of the Hatton catchment nitrate study.

Mr. Gummer

The Government are currently looking at a mumber of options for further action to reduce nitrate pollution—including those identified in the Hatton study. A publicity campaign was launched earlier this year with the support of interested organisations aimed at encouraging farmers to adopt practices which minimise the risk of nitrate loss. The agricultural development and advisory service also takes every opportunity to put the message across in the course of its regular contact with the farming community.