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Rivers (Pollution)

Volume 932: debated on Wednesday 18 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if the provisions in the Control of Pollution Act 1974 covering pollution of freshwater rivers have been brought into force.

Pollution control in relation to inland waters, estuaries and some other tidal waters is exercised at the moment under the Rivers (Prevention of Pollution) Acts and the Rivers (Prevention of Pollution) (Scotland) Acts. The main provisions of Part II of the Control of Pollution Act 1974, which are intended to replace these Acts and which provide, in particular, for the extension of full control to all tidal waters, have not yet been implemented. The Government are keeping the position under review in order that implementation may take place as soon as practicable.