§ Mr. Frank Cook
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what discussions he has had with the National Rivers Authority over proposals to establish a new environmental protection agency.
§ Mr. Maclean
There have been informal meetings with the NRA, but it would be premature to go further until responses have been received to the Government's consultation paper setting out the background to their plans for an environment agency and the main options For realising them. The NRA has recently put forward its views which will be studied carefully.