28 April 2022
Dunne calls on Government to respond to Water Quality in Rivers report

In the final session before the end of the 2021-22 Parliamentary session, Philip Dunne, Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, calls on the Government to publish today the overdue Government response to the Committee’s report on Water Quality in Rivers.

Philip Dunne (Ludlow) (Con)

Further to the questions from my hon. Friend the Member for Southend West (Anna Firth) and my right hon. Friend the Member for Maldon (Mr Whittingdale), the Environmental Audit Committee published its report on water quality in rivers, which was widely well received across the House. The Government are supposed to respond to a Select Committee report within 60 days. I granted an extension to 90 days. I think we are now at 105 days. Can we please have this report today?

Rebecca Pow (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

I am well aware of that issue, as my right hon. Friend knows—indeed, I have discussed it with him—and I absolutely am chasing this up. If I could, I would get the response to him today, but it will come very soon.