A debate took place in the House of Lords on 26 October on the impact of water and air pollution. Initiated by the Liberal Democrat Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer, the motion covered a wide range of topics including Brexit and quality standards; sewage pollution; agricultural pollution; micro beads and plastic pollution; WaterAid and overseas initiatives; and sustainable drainage. Lord Gardiner of Kimble, parliamentary under secretary of state for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs spoke for the government.
Also on 26 October, the Scottish Parliament debated Scotland’s Hydro Nation policy to maximise the benefits of its abundant water resources. The SNP’s Roseanna Cunningham provided a progress report on the implementation of the strategy. The ensuing debate was broad, stretching even to Conservative Donald Cameron seeking reform of the business retail market to make it more competitive.