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United Nations International Water Decade

Volume 983: debated on Wednesday 23 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what special plans his Department has to publicise and co-operate in the United Nations international water decade; and what steps he is taking to draw this important matter to the attention of firms engaged in the water industry.

The Department has no special plans to publicise the United Nations international water decade; but we are following up our suggestion to the United Nations that developed countries should establish a central fund to finance " workshops " on water problems, to be held in developing countries where the need for water is greatest and where expert advice would be most effective.No special steps have been taken to draw the attention of firms in the water industry to the decade, but in conjunction with my colleagues in the Departments of Trade and of Industry, I am exploring ways in which our manufacturers and consultants can increase their already substantial contribution to British exports.