HC Deb 19 January 1989 vol 145 cc304-5W
Mr. John Evans

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what plans his Department has developed to ensure adequate investment in the sewage system infrastructure after the privatisation of the water supply industry.

Mr. Moynihan

Capital programmes costing £900 to £1,000 million have been developed by water authorities, aimed at bringing substandard sewage treatment works into compliance with their discharge consents by March 1992. It will be for the proposed National Rivers Authority to ensure that these programmes are satisfactorily implemented, and to monitor the performance of sewage treatment works to ensure an acceptable standard of continuing performance.