§ Mr. Godsiff
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement about compliance with the European Community bathing water directive.
§ Mr. Maclean
Seventy-six per cent. of identified bathing waters complied with the directive's mandatory coliform standards in the 1991 bathing season. This compares with 51 per cent. in 1986. A £2 billion programme of improvements is under way to bring virtually all the waters up to standard by 1995.