HC Deb 08 July 1997 vol 297 c447W
Mr. Brake

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions when the Government will be conducting its review of abstraction licences; if he will make a statement on the review; and if it will include a review of pricing mechanisms. [7331]

Angela Eagle

We shall be launching the review shortly. A key aim will be to ensure that the environment is properly protected, while providing fair and flexible arrangements for access to water resources to meet properly managed demands in a sustainable way. Economic instmments including pricing mechanisms will be amongst the measures to be studied.