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Water Provision

Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she last met Water Voice to discuss the long-term provision of water to meet the future development needs of London and the south-east; what conclusions were reached; and if she will make a statement. (80387)

The Secretary of State has not met with Water Voice. The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and Consumer Council for Water (formerly Water Voice) do meet to discuss matters concerning the sustainable use of water resources as members of the Water Saving Group, chaired by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change at Defra. This important forum is exploring how water industry stakeholders can work together in practical ways to promote the efficient use of water in households, to help protect the long-term sustainability of supply. DCLG is also working with a number of key stakeholders, including Ofwat, water companies and the Environment Agency, to ensure that the long-term provision of water meets the needs of an ageing and growing population.