§ Mr. Win Griffiths
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps will be taken that all the beaches currently designated as bathing areas for the purposes of meeting the water quality standards of directive 76/160/EEC in the United Kingdom will meet these standards by 1992 at the latest.
§ Mr. Moynihan
It is not possible to give the assurance the hon. Member seeks. The scale and cost of the necessary works makes it impossible to complete the task by 1992. However, it remains our target that all identified waters should meet the directive's standards, and we are spending nationally some £70 million on improvement schemes.