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MPs to debate petitions on the discharge of sewage by water companies

11 November 2021

On Monday 15 November, MPs will debate a petition relating to the discharge of sewage by water companies.

Tonia Antoniazzi MP, a member of the Petitions Committee, has been asked by the Committee to open the debate, and MPs from all parties can take part. The Government will send a Minister to respond.

Ban Water Companies discharging raw sewage into water courses.

The petition, which received more than 111,000 signatures, states: “Ensure Water companies treat the sewage they are responsible for. Not discharge it into rivers and water courses. After all what goes into the ocean comes back as the fish we eat.”

In its response to the petition, provided on 5 May 2021, the Government said: “Tackling the harm caused by sewage is a top priority for Government. That is why we have established the Storm Overflows Taskforce and have announced plans for legislation to address this problem.”

What are petitions debates?

Petitions debates are ‘general’ debates which allow MPs from all parties to discuss the important issues raised by one, or more petitions, and put their concerns to Government Ministers.

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