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National Rivers Authority

Volume 180: debated on Wednesday 14 November 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on the progress of the National Rivers Authority and on his future plans for funding it.


To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he has any proposals to increase the funding or powers available to the National Rivers Authority.

In its first year of existence the National Rivers Authority has shown itself to be a dedicated and effective guardian of the water environment. The Government announced substantial extra financial support for the National Rivers Authority in the autumn statement. Grant in aid will be increased for 1991–92 by £23 million to £106 million, an increase of 28 per cent. over previous plans. Together with increased income from charges on dischargers, this will enable the authority to increase its total spend on environmental activities next year to about £217 million compared to this year's level of some £170 million.