§ Mr. Lennox-Boyd
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will now publish his decision on the proposals by the North-West Water Authority and British Nuclear Fuels Ltd. to take more water from Ennerdale and Wastwater; and if he will now make a statement.
§ Mr. Giles Shaw
Following the public local inquiry into these promotions, my right hon. Friend has decided to accept the inspector's recommendation that these two lakes in a particularly sensitive part of the Lake District national park should not be significantly altered as proposed. He has therefore refused the applications. He agrees with the inspector that there may be other ways to meet yhe promoters' requirements, though not necessarily as cheaply. It will now be for the water authority and the company to examine these possibilities.