HC Deb 25 June 1997 vol 296 c518W
Mr. Martyn Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will examine occasions in(a) the United Kingdom and (b) Germany where water companies have (i) encouraged organic agriculture and (ii) promoted the marketing of organic produce from farmers within their watersheds with a view to promoting examples of best practice within the industry; and if he will make a statement. [4887]

Ms Angela Eagle

Water suppliers have an interest in any initiatives which prevent pollution of drinking water sources and work closely with the farming community to protect catchments. My right hon. Friend, the Minister of Agriculture has general responsibility for organic farming; it would be interesting to learn of any specific initiatives by water suppliers either here or in Germany to encourage organic farming and the promotion of organic produce.

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