§ Mr. Harry Barnes
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the sewage works in Derbyshire where effluent levels currently exceed the limits set by his Department; and whether he has any plans to alter such limits.
§ Mr. Moynihan
I have yet to receive the annual non-compliance reports for 1988 from the Yorkshire, Severn Trent and North West water authorities, whose areas include Derbyshire. When returns for all 10 authorities have been received, they will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.
My hon. Friend the Minister for Water announced on 7 December 1988 at column 199 that applications for temporary variations in discharge consent conditions will be considered for those sewage works where capital improvements are programmed for completion by March 1992. Subject to this condition, authorities may apply for temporary variations to the consent conditions for works which failed to comply in 1988.