Rivers and Streams: Biodiversity

Scotland – in the House of Commons am ar 1 Mai 2024.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour/Co-operative, Huddersfield

What discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on the biodiversity of Scotland’s rivers and streams.

Photo of John Lamont John Lamont The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland

Water quality policy is devolved in Scotland. The Scottish Government are responsible for biodiversity in rivers and streams in Scotland, not the United Kingdom Government. It is for the Scottish Government to take action in this vital area.

Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour/Co-operative, Huddersfield

Is it not the truth that Scottish waters, streams and rivers are purer and cleaner because the Scottish people rejected the privatisation of water and, led by Scottish Labour, made sure that we had Scottish water in the public realm and delivered clean water for everyone?

Photo of John Lamont John Lamont The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland

The hon. Member is absolutely wrong. According to a recent report, untreated sewage has been released into Scottish waters and seas more than 58,000 times over the past five years, but only 4% of sewage overflows in Scotland are required to be monitored, unlike in England and Wales, where nearly 100% are monitored, thanks to the efforts of this Government. Unlike this Government, the Scottish Government and Scottish Water are failing to take tough action to monitor sewage overflows and protect our very important waterways.