Examination of Witnesses (Questions 117
WEDNESDAY 30 OCTOBER 2002
117. Good morning. For the record, Mr Rob Oates
you are the Rivers and Wetlands Officer for World Wildlife Fund.
(Mr Oates) Correct
118. Ms Kirsty Lewin you are the Head of Water
Policy at the RSPB and Ms Ruth Davis you are the Senior Water
Policy Officer. Have I got that right?
(Ms Lewin) Yes
119. We have heard from large environmental
organisations and it is clear that you are already connected with
the Directive and are doing some work on it. Austin Mitchell was
asking our last witnesses why there was no river basin study here
in the UK. We are the only European partner, I think, that has
not got a study. Do you know why that is?
(Mr Oates) My colleagues in Europe tell me that the
reason given why the UK has not offered a pilot river basin to
test some of the good guidance for the Directive is that we have
a lack of resources here within DEFRA and the Environment Agency.
Whether that is true or not, you will have to ask them.