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Welsh Water Authority

Volume 129: debated on Tuesday 15 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he has received proposals from the Welsh water authority on the implementation of the EEC drinking water directive including a time scale for full implementation, along with the estimated extra cost.

As a consequence of the change in guidance issued by the Government in respect of directive 80/778/EEC, officials are now seeking the relevant information from Welsh water authority.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if the Welsh water authority will be eligible for grants from the European regional development fund in the run-up to and after plc status.

Water authorities will be eligible to apply for grant both before and after privatisation. It is, however, for the European Commission to consider individual applications on their merits.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what aid the Welsh water authority has received from the European regional development fund in each year since 1980; and what projects it currently has under consideration for grant application to the European regional development fund up to 1988.

Gross European regional development fund commitments to the Welsh water authority since 1980 are as follows:

£
19802,268,059
19811,596,468

£

19823,117,044
19832,776,064
19842,362,322
1985570,649
19862,366,863
19877,638,029
19884,194,500

Five further applications for European regional development fund aid have been submitted to the European Commission and are awaiting decisions; the Department is also currently considering nine applications. A number of projects are also likely to be brought forward for consideration under the terms of integrated operations programmes which are either under negotiation with the Commission, or in preparation with the local and public authorities concerned.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what bonus on salary was paid to the chairman of the Welsh water authority, board members and senior officers in 1987–88; and if he will make a statement.

No decision on the payment of bonuses for 1987–88 has yet been made. In 1987 both the chairman and chief executive of the Welsh water authority received a bonus based on the authority's performance during the 1986–87 financial year, of 5 per cent. of their actual salaries.