§ Mr. Charles Kennedy
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the potential environmental implications in respect of private water supplies associated with the withdrawal of the rendering industry support scheme; what discussions he has had with SEPA on the issue; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Macdonald
The withdrawal of Government support to the rendering industry should have no implications for the water supply, either public or private, provided existing guidelines on the disposal of animal carcases are observed by the agricultural community. My officials are monitoring the situation and are in regular contact with SEPA and other enforcement interests.