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Mr. John Moore
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations were made to him by the water authority about water loss from the fountain in New Palace Yard, when he was advised not to put the fountain into operation; and what is the degree of water loss.
There is no abnormal water loss from the fountain, and my Department has received no representations from the water authority. My predecessor himself decided that the fountain should not be operated on account of the water shortage, some time before legal restrictions were imposed.