§ Mr. Steinberg
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the most recent information on the number of regional water companies that do not comply with EEC regulations on water quality.
§ Mr. Baldry
All water companies already achieve most of the standards in the Water Quality Regulations, which incorporate the requirements of the EC drinking water directive. Where a standard is not consistently achieved at present, the company has been required to give an undertaking that it will carry out remedial action by the earliest possible date, taking practicalities into account. An up-to-date summary of the position will be given in the first annual report of the drinking water inspectorate, to be published next summer.