§ Ms Ruddock
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many appeals have been lodged by water companies against National Rivers Authority consents; if he will list each appeal; and how long each appeal has been on file. 
§ Mr. Clappison
[holding answer 18 December 1995]: Since 1990, water companies have lodged a total of 1,854 appeals against NRA discharge consents. Following clarification of policy issues arising in the appeals, the NRA has been reviewing the consents in question with the water industry. As a result, over 700 appeals have now1232W
area may have been selected to take part. However, the Department does not have a central record of the residence of all persons participating in these surveys.
been satisfactorily resolved and work is continuing to deal with the remaining cases as expeditiously as possible. I am placing the information requested in the Library of the House.