§ Mr. Morgan
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales on what date he received the application for a derogation from the 2000 deadline under the European municipal waste water treatment directive for the completion of the Cardiff East sewage treatment works; what consultations he had with the chairman of the Wales area of the National Rivers Authority about it; and on what date he approved the derogation order.
§ Mr. Redwood
The Government made clear in "Paying For Quality" that they intended to take advantage of opportunities for derogations which EC directives accord to member states. Dwr Cymru Cyf has been in discussion with my officials about the possibility of a derogation under article 8.1 of the urban waste water treatment directive to extend the period during which the Cardiff East scheme is to be completed, but no application has as yet been made to the Commission.