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Volume 406: debated on Tuesday 10 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with (a) gas companies, (b) electricity companies and (c) water companies regarding their expansion in the south-east. [116220]

None recently. However, the main responsibility for these issues is with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and the appropriate local authorities. Interested companies would meet with Ministers and officials as necessary. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry may become involved in the issues for which she has regulatory responsibility.