26 June 1998

Water restrictions of concern to NFU

A PROPOSAL to change Britains 35-year-old water abstraction rules has sparked immediate concern in the NFU.

Michael Meacher, environment minister, recently launched a package of proposals to reduce excessive abstraction and conserve valuable water supplies.

Industry consultation on the proposals closes on Sept 7, but the NFU has already expressed concern about the governments desire to further reduce water usage. In particular, the union questions Mr Meachers plan remove compensation for any licences that are varied or revoked.