asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if, in view of the size of the overseas market for desalination plants, he will consider extending the role of the desalination working
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England and Wales alone could only be extracted at disproportionate cost.
party to include research and development into projects overseas.
The terms of reference of the desalination working party are primarily the responsibility of the National Water Council. Its functions do not ex-extend to overseas research and development projects, which is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Industry. However, I am sure that the National Water Council would be happy to play any part it can that would contribute to exports.