§ Mr. Nicholas Edwards
As far as the Committee on Welsh Affairs is concerned, there are no extra costs to my Department for meeting the accepted recommendations of the Committee's report on coastal sewage pollution in Wales. The necessary administrative actions were either in train or would have been put in train as part of the Welsh Office's oversight of water and sewage matters. The Welsh water authority has identified the work needed to improve the quality of bathing waters around the Welsh coast. This has been estimated to cost some £200 million, and the authority plans to complete it over the next 15 years.