§ Mr. Ron Davies
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list those applications made to him in the current year by water authorities for the lowering of effluent standards.
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
My right hon. and learned Friend has received no applications from the islands councils for a lowering of standards for their discharges during the current year. On the mainland, standards are set by the river purification boards which are responsible for giving consents to discharge effluent in their areas.