Environment Food and Rural Affairs
Jonathan Edwards (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, Plaid Cymru)
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to publish a draft bill on reform of the water industry in England and Wales; and what recent discussions she has had with the Welsh Government on this issue.
Richard Benyon (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Natural Environment and Fisheries), Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Newbury, Conservative)
In HM the Queen's Speech it was announced that a draft Bill will be published to reform the water industry in England and Wales. It will be published before the summer recess and will be subject to pre-legislative scrutiny.
DEFRA officials are constantly in touch with their Welsh counterparts to discuss and prepare the draft Water Bill.