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Bathing Beaches

Volume 181: debated on Wednesday 28 November 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what action is available to him if water companies are unable to bring the designated beaches within their area into compliance with the EEC 1976 bathing waters directive by 1995.

A number of actions are available to the Secretary of State under the Water Act 1989 including, ultimately, termination of the company's appointment as a sewerage undertaker. In addition, if the company were in breach of discharge consent conditions set by the National Rivers Authority it could be liable to prosecution by the authority.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish in the Official Report for each designated bathing beach in England sampled in the summer of 1990 (i) the E. Coli and (ii) the total coliform level of each sample taken, together with the date that the sampling took place.

No. This information is already held in the public registers maintained by the National Rivers Authority.