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Water Supplies

Volume 410: debated on Monday 18 August 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the impact on the future level of water supply in the South East of the projected increased numbers of houses to be built; and if he will make a statement. [130470]

The South East Regional Assembly is responsible for regional planning for the South East and as such is working with the Environment Agency and also water companies on the impact of future development on both water supply and water quality.The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister understands that the Environment Agency is currently assessing the business plans of water companies in the region and will be providing advice to the Assembly on investment requirements and impact on future development in due course.