HC Deb 04 November 2002 vol 392 c18W
Barbara Follett

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will be publishing the water policy document for England. [79448]

Mr. Morley

The document entitled "Directing the Flow—priorities for future water policy" will be published on 5 November. It is intended to be a high-level policy document and strengthens the integration of water policy with other policy areas. The document takes the first steps towards setting out our strategic aims and summarising our proposed future priorities and direction for the water environment, water resources and water management. It aims to take a long-term view, looking at the next 20 years and beyond and setting the context within which specific actions will need to be taken. Copies of the document will be deposited in the House Libraries and will also be available on DEFRA's internet site (www.defra.gov.uk/ environment/water/index.htm).