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Water Supply

Volume 700: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What outcome they expect from the review of competition between water companies in the light of practical limits to intraregional competition. [HL2223]

The Government have commissioned Professor Martin Cave to carry out an independent review of competition and innovation in water and sewerage markets. Professor Cave will advise Ministers on the scope to deliver benefits and drive innovation through developing competition and contestability in all aspects of the supply chain in the water and sewerage sector, and will recommend changes to the legislative and regulatory frameworks needed to deliver those benefits. It would therefore not be appropriate for the Government to speculate on any outcomes at this time.