HC Deb 23 June 1993 vol 227 cc209-10W
Mr. Welsh

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish a detailed breakdown of his estimate of the costs associated with upgrading the Scottish water and sewerage system to meet EC standards; what improvements to the system were assumed; what assumptions were made of the sources from which capital would be raised; and if he will make a statement.

Sir Hector Monro

[holding answer 22 June 1993]: The European Community directives with the most significant financial implications for capital expenditure are the drinking water directive and the urban waste water treatment directive which are estimated at £1.2 billion and £1.3 billion respectively over the next 15 years.

The estimates are based on improvements to water mains, water treatment works, sewerage, and sewage treatment and disposal works, and are unaffected by the source of capital.

Scotland1 and North Territory Wales and Central England Territory Southern Territory National total
Number of applications made 28,328 69,665 34,239 132,232
Number of applications rejected 5,439 12,812 7,288 25,539
Number of applications made 34,657 77,691 56,694 169,042
Number of applications rejected 5,584 11,347 10,566 27,497