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Committee invites written evidence on Water Bill

Written evidence concerning the Water Bill can now be submitted to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee, which will meet for the first time on December 3, 2013. The Bill has now passed to the committee following its second reading debate in Parliament on Monday.

The committee will start considering the Water Bill from December 3The committee will start considering the Water Bill from December 3

The committee stage is due to end on December 17. Evidence can be received up until then, unless the committee reports earlier than that date.

The Water Bill aims to deliver more resilient water supplies and lead to cheaper and more efficient management of water resources in the longer term. The provisions include:

  • Extending competition by enabling all non-household customers to choose their water and sewerage supplier and enabling more companies to provide water and sewerage services
  • A new flood insurance scheme for domestic properties
  • a new duty for the regulator to focus on the long-term resilience of water supplies

Submissions, which should not exceed 3,000 words, should address matters contained within the Water Bill and concentrate on issues where interested parties have a special interest or expertise, and factual information of which the committee should be aware.

The written evidence will be circulated to all the committee members, and will also be published on the internet as soon as possible after the committee has started sitting.

The submissions can either be emailed to scrutiny@parliament.uk or sent by post to Michelle Wenham, senior executive officer, Scrutiny Unit, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA.

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