HC Deb 11 July 1988 vol 137 cc43-4W
Mr. Spearing

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps Her Majesty's Government have taken, or intend to take, to monitor the proportion of share capital in statutory water companies in the ownership of(a) person or bodies not concerned with water purification and (b) persons or bodies with a financial interest in water purification, who are, in either case, resident or registered, outside the United Kingdom.

Mr. Moynihan

My right hon. Friend has no special powers to acquire such information on the shareholdings in these private companies. he has only such information as has been placed in the public domain, mainly under the disclosure rules of the stock exchange.