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Deputation (Membership)

Volume 986: debated on Wednesday 18 June 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the meeting between a deputation led by the hon. Member for Down, North, and the Under-Secretary of State on 12 May; who were its members; and what interests were represented.

I was grateful for the views of the hon. Member and the deputation led by him about the suitability of the sewage disposal scheme which is currently being carried out at Portaferry. The scheme will replace the existing unsatisfactory system which discharges untreated sewage in the harbour area. The deputation, which comprised local conservation, environmental, boating and local government interests, were invited to participate in the future monitoring of the scheme and an opportunity is being afforded them to discuss details of the scheme with the independent expert who has endorsed the present proposals. It was also agreed to examine the possibility of amending the design of the pumping station to improve its visual impact.