§ Dr. Cunningham
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he will reply to the letter of 17 January from Councillor Martin Doughty, chairman of the planning and countryside committee of Derbyshire county council.
§ Mr. Ridley
[holding answer 5 May 1989]: My hon. and learned Friend the Minister for Water and Planning replied on 2 May to Councillor Doughty's letter concerning observations on the legal basis of discharge consent requirements for sewage treatment works. These issues have been under active consideration by my Department. That is why we were not able to give him an earlier substantive reply.