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European Communities - Eighth Report

Here you can browse the report which was ordered by the House of Lords to be printed 18 November 1997.

PART 1 1
The Background to this Report 1
The History of Community Water Policy 2
The Commission's Proposals 6
The Government 10
Explanatory Memorandum (Appendix 3) 10
Oral Evidence from the Department of the Environment,
Transport and the Regions
Non-governmental organisations 18
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds 18
Other bodies 22
Statutory Environmental Protection and Nature Conservation Agencies 23
The Environment Agency and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency 23
English Nature and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee 29
The Water Industry and its Customers 30
The Water Services Association, the Water Companies Association and the North of Scotland Water Authority 30
WRc plc 34
The Director General of Water Services (OFWAT) 35
The Consumers' Association and the OFWAT National Customer Council 36
General 37
River Basin Management 44
Environmental Objectives 49
Timetable 52
Monitoring 53
Costs of Implementation 54
Management of Supply and Demand 55
Charges, Cost Recovery and Economic Instruments 57
Recommendation 59

Appendix 1-Membership of Sub-Committee C

Appendix 2-List of Witnesses

Appendix 3-Explanatory Memorandum by the Department of the Environment on the Proposal for a Council Directive establishing a framework for Community action in the field of water policy

NOTE: Pages of the report are numbered in bold type; pages of evidence are numbered in ordinary type. References in the text of the report are as follows:

(Q) refers to a question in oral evidence;

(p) with a bold number refers to a page of the report and with an ordinary number to a page

of evidence.

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