§ Lord Beaverbrook
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether they will announce the results of the survey of bathing water quality made in 1989.
§ The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment (Lord Hesketh)
The results of the survey carried out during the 1989 bathing season showed that 76 per cent. of the 401 identified bathing waters in England and Wales met the mandatory coliform bacteria standards of the EC Bathing Water Directive. This compare with 66 per cent. of the 364 identified bathing waters in 1988.
These figures are encouraging, though some of the improvement is no doubt attributable to the good weather last year. Nevertheless the results show that we are continuing to make good progress in cleaning up our bathing waters. We have already announced a £1.4 billion capital investment programme over the next 10 years, as a result of which we expect over 95 per cent. of our bathing waters to meet the directive's standards by the mid-1990s and to achieve full compliance within 10 years.
The 1989 results for England and Wales are set out below in summary form. We shall arrange for a more detailed summary of the results to be placed in the Library, and we shall also be sending the results to the Commission of the European Communities.1302WA
Bathing Waters Survey-1989 Results for Englnd and Wales Conipliance with Bathing Water Directive (76/160/EEC): Coliform Standards Pass Fail Total Northumbrian Region 20 12 32 Yorkshire Region 18 4 22 Anglian Region 23 5 28 Thames Region 3 0 3 Southern Region 45 20 65 Wessex Region (South Coast) 25 2 27 South West Region 113 19 132 Wessex Region (Bristol Channel) 6 5 11 Welsh Region 40 8 48 North West Region 11 22 33 Totals 304 97 401