5 December 2023
Jesse Norman calls on Government to deliver the promised action plan for River Wye

Jesse Norman takes the opportunity of a debate on the water companies to intervene on the Minister and ask when the Government will deliver the action plan for the River Wye which was promised by 15 September and is now long overdue.

Jesse Norman (Hereford and South Herefordshire) (Con)

My hon. Friend mentions the plan for water, but she will be aware that the previous Secretary of State came to Herefordshire, where she attended a roundtable in Hereford and promised that a plan for the River Wye would be brought to us by 15 September, three months after that meeting. We have yet to see it. I have to say, on behalf of the people of my county, that we are starting to run out of patience. When can we expect this plan to come through?

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Rebecca Pow)

I am well aware that the previous Secretary of State came to the River Wye, and my right hon. Friend the Member for Hereford and South Herefordshire (Jesse Norman) will know that I came to the River Wye some time before her visit—he could not make my visit—so I have some knowledge of the area, and I understand his concerns. The action plan is under way. As my right hon. Friend knows, we have had a few changes but the new water Minister, my hon. Friend the Member for Keighley (Robbie Moore), is here, and the action plan is very much on the cards. I thank the people who did all that work on the Wye, because it is not just about water and sewage; it is a very complicated issue that also brings in farming and farmers along the river, as my right hon. Friend is well aware from his involvement.