§ Mr. Simon Hughes
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what powers his Department has in respect of water resource management; if he has any plans to bring forward proposals to enhance those powers; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Curry
Responsibility for water resource management rests with the National Rivers Authority and the Secretary of State for the Environment under the Water Resources Act 1991. We are in close touch with both on questions of water resource management for agriculture and horticulture.