Campaigners say they’ve been given no time to scrutinise a government amendment on river sewage pollution ahead of a vote on Monday – because it hasn’t been made public yet.
Clean river campaign groups have accused the government of “hiding” the amendment to the Environment Bill, which relates to water companies’ responsibility for dumping sewage into rivers.
MPs recently suffered a public backlash after voting against a Lords amendment to the Environment Bill which would have placed a strict duty on water companies to avoid sewage discharges into rivers.
Following the outcry MPs U-turned on their decision, with the government pledging to “further strengthen” the bill with its own amendment.
It said the amendment will involve “a duty enshrined in law to ensure water companies secure a progressive reduction in the adverse impacts of discharges from storm overflows”.
MPs will on Monday vote on the amendment, but as of Friday, the government hasn’t published its wording online.