§ Mr. Llew Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received from the water companies concerning costs expected to be incurred by water companies in implementing the EC urban waste water treatment directive.
§ Mr. Maclean
The water companies, through the Water Services Association and individually, have made known their views and are continuing to refine their estimates of costs. The Department aims to meet the obligations of the directive in an economical and efficient manner.