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1976 Drought (Economic Impact)

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of lessons to be learned from the economic impact of the 1976 drought on the UK economy; (73636)

(2) what assessment he has made of the impact on the economy of a stand-pipe regime under a drought order in London and the South East; and if he will make a statement.

I am not aware of any assessment undertaken of the economic impacts of the 1976 drought.

Standpipes for the supply of water can only be authorised through an emergency drought order. The likelihood of any such orders being required as a consequence of the current drought in South East England is very small.