§ Mr. Bill O'Brien
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what representations he has received about the proposed increases in charges by the Environment Agency; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Meacher
The Environment Agency received 42 responses to its recent consultation exercise on its charging proposals for 2000–01. The Agency's consultation papers stated that it would forward copies of these responses to the DETR. These have now been received and the Agency's proposals are being considered.