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Launderettes (Effluent Disposal)

Volume 928: debated on Wednesday 23 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection if he will refer to the Price Commission the profit margins of water authorities on charges levied for the current year for the disposal of effluent from launderettes.

No. Under the Price Code, water authority charges are effectively governed by the Water Act 1973, which provides that, taken overall, charges by water authorities must not result in higher revenue in any accounting year than is required to comply with their statutory duty to break even.