§ Mr. French
To ask the Secretary of State for I he Environment what representations he has received about compensation due to Metropolitan Water Board "B" stockholders since 1958; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Heathcoat-Amory
Two inquiries have been made on behalf of stockholders, one in 1987 and the other this year. When the Metropolitan Water Board was abolished in 1974, Thames water authority took over responsibility for Metropolitan Water stocks: under the Water Act 1989 any outstanding liabilities were passed to Thames Water plc, and are a matter between that company and those persons who have an interest as stockholders.