Lords debates sewage disposal in rivers
6 July 2022 (updated on 6 July 2022)
On Thursday 7 July, members of the House of Lords debated the impact of the current sewage disposal rates into UK rivers and the responsibility of water companies to alleviate these impacts.
Lord Oates (Liberal Democrats), former Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson for Energy and Climate Change, put forward the debate.
This was a general debate. During debates, members put their experience to good use to discuss current issues and draw the government's attention to concerns.
Members speaking in the debate included:
- Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville (Liberal Democrats), Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
- Baroness Hayman of Ullock (Labour), Opposition Lords Spokesperson for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
- Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb (Green), former Deputy Mayor of London
- Baroness McIntosh of Pickering (Conservative), vice president of the Association of Drainage Authorities.
Lord Benyon (Conservative), Parliamentary Under-Secretary in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs responded on behalf of the government.
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