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Water

Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 19 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what plans he has to enhance the role of water companies in the water planning process.[16402]

Under section 37 of the Water Industry Act 1991, water companies already have the duty to develop and maintain an efficient and economical system of water supply in their areas. In revising current planning policy guidance for local authorities we will consider how increased emphasis may be given to the impact of proposed development on water supply provision.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will create forums to include water companies and all of the planning authorities in an area to discuss resource issues. [16403]

The Department's current policy guidance requires local authorities to consult with all infrastructure providers, including water supply companies, when preparing their development plans. The creation of discussion fora is a matter for local government.