§ Dr. David Clark
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what steps he intends to take to ensure that dairy farmers comply with water pollution regulations; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Maclean
The Water Act 1989 empowers the National Rivers Authority to prosecute any dairy farmer or other person who causes or knowingly permits the pollution of controlled waters. Similarly, it would be the NRA's responsibility to enforce proposed new regulations setting standards for the construction of silage, slurry and agricultural fuel oil containment facilities.