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River Thames: Sewage

Volume 454: debated on Tuesday 5 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much his Department plans to spend on an additional two prototype boats to skim River Thames sewage; and if he will make a statement; (107047)

(2) what the maximum capacity is in litres of sewage which the planned prototype River Thames boats will be able to skim per day; and if he will make a statement.

[holding answer 4 December 2006]: DEFRA does not hold this information. Thames Water is in the process of developing prototype boats to skim off in-river sewage—derived litter. Therefore, the cost and maximum capacity of the vessels is a matter for Thames Water.