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Water: Shortages

Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of hosepipe bans on the horticulture and gardening industry; (118036)

(2) if he will exempt those using efficient water saving irrigation methods from hosepipe bans.

Hosepipe bans are imposed by water companies under powers set out in the Water Industry Act 1991. While the Department has not made any specific assessment of the impact of such bans on the horticultural and gardening industry, officials have met with representatives of the Horticultural Trades Association to discuss the association's views on the subject. Our forthcoming public consultation on the review of the hosepipe ban powers in England and Wales will address the issue of concessions.