§ Mr. Malcolm Bruce
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on toxic algal blooms; and what steps he is taking to reduce this problem.
§ Mr. Howard
Algal blooms are a common occurrence in many waters during the summer although sampling results this year showed that toxic forms of algal blooms were present in a number of reservoirs, lakes and similar waters in England and Wales. The NRA, which is now responsible for monitoring such waters, informed site owners and appropriate environmental health officers. The problems have subsided with the onset of colder weather. The NRA is conducting investigations into the cause of the problems this year, and will be considering the need for measures to reduce the risk of their recurrence.