§ Mr. Summerson
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps he is taking to ensure other means of disposal of sewage sludge presently dumped in the North sea.
§ Mr. Heathcoat-Amory
My right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has asked the water companies concerned to submit to him by the end of November their detailed plans and programmes of work phasing out disposal of sludge to sea. The main disposal options are to agricultural land, landfill and incineration.