§ Mr. Callaghan
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what percentage of rivers in England is in good or fair condition and what is the European average. 
§ Mr. Clappison
The recent Dobris report prepared by the European Environment Agency on the state of the pan-European environment includes estimates of the 1235W percentage of river length in various European countries which, on the basis of the definitions given in the report, can be described as of good or fair quality. These definitions do not necessarily correspond to those used in individual countries.
The report includes data in respect of 12 European Union countries, including Scotland and Northern Ireland, and 10 other European states. The table provides a comparison, as a percentage of river length, between the data for England and Wales and, respectively, the average for the European Union countries and for all the countries for which data are provided.
Good Fair England and Wales 65 23 European Union 43 36 All countries 34 43