§ Mr. Keetch
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when the report from W. S. Atkins regarding flood defences for the City of Hereford will be published; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Morley
[holding answer 8 February 2001]: I understand that Messrs. W. S. Atkins have completed preliminary investigations into potential options for flood alleviation at Hereford and have submitted a report to the Environment Agency. The report will be presented to the Wye local flood defence committee for consideration at its meeting on 2 March 2001.