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Sewers: Private Sector

Volume 504: debated on Friday 29 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his most recent assessment is of progress in the transfer of private drains to water companies in 2011; and if he will make a statement. (314262)

On 15 December 2008, the Government announced that the transfer of all private sewers and lateral drains linked to the public sewerage system to water company ownership would take place from 2011. Transfer is the only comprehensive solution to the range of problems presented by private sewers.

I anticipate consulting early this year on the content of regulations to effect transfer, prior to them being presented to Parliament for approval.