HC Deb 31 January 1990 vol 166 cc218-9W
Mr. Alton

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the areas in which drinking water is contaminated with nitrates in excess of European Community limits; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory

Copies of the undertakings accepted by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State from the water service companies under section 20 of the Water Act 1989 are available in the Library, including the undertakings in respect of those areas where there is a breach of the standard for nitrate, or where there has been a past breach which is likely to recur.

As soon as my right hon. Friend has accepted undertakings from all the statutory water companies, which he is in the process of doing, copies of these will also be placed in the Library.