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Water: Fees and Charges

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the remit is of Ofwat in relation to pricing for low income groups; and if he will make a statement. (235658)

Ofwat is the independent economic regulator of the water and sewerage industry in England and Wales

In 1999 Ofwat received guidance from the Secretary of State of the then Department for the Environment, Transport and Regions on protecting vulnerable groups, including those on income related benefits.

In approving charges schemes Ofwat has to have regard to section 2 of the Water Industry Act 1999, which includes a reference to the interests of certain types of customers including those with low incomes.