My Early Day Motion 1392 on the Protection of Rivers has now had over 100 signatures from Members of Parliament from all Parties. It is very pleasing that the Motion has support from 50 Conservatives, but I am delighted that 39 Labour MPs and 8 Lib Dems have also signed. The Leader of the Welsh Nationalists, Elfyn Llwyd MP is also a supporter. I am also pressing Secretary of State Hilary Benn to develop a stronger plan to help improve the quality status of our rivers.
That this House believes that the chalk rivers of England provide a unique habitat for a rich diversity of fish, riparian creatures and rare plant species which is under serious threat; expresses concern at the recent Environment Agency finding that less than 20 per cent. of the rivers and lakes of England and Wales are currently at good status due to growing pollution, over-abstraction of water and habitat destruction; and calls on the Government to develop a plan to protect and enhance the condition of rivers, including the chalk rivers, setting firm and demanding targets.”