Charles Walker asks about plans to build reservoirs in the East and South East of England.

Mr. Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to build new reservoirs in the (a) East and (b) South East of England; and if she will make a statement. [18554]

Mr. Morley: In fulfilment of their duties to maintain adequate supplies of water, several water companies in southern England propose to enlarge existing reservoirs or construct new ones. These proposals were set out in the 25 year water resources plans they prepared in 2004. The Environment Agency has advised Ministers about the appropriateness of these proposals and other measures to ensure security of supply, in its report "Maintaining water supply", which was published in July 2004. The Department has no plans to build reservoirs.


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