§ Dr. Cunningham
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many requests for a drinking water derogation order were made to his Department by the South West water authority with respect to the incident at Lowermoor water treatment works on 6 July 1988; and on what dates they were received.
§ Mr. Ridley
[holding answer 18 January 1989]South West water authority submitted to my Department on 3 August 1988 an application for an emergency derogation under article 10 of the EC drinking water directive. Letters from SWW dated 15 August, 31 August and 14 September requested extension of its application.
I refer the hon. Member to the reply my hon. Friend the Minister for Water and Planning gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Cornwall, North (Mr. Neale) on 17 January, [Official Report Vol. 145, col. 147].