Utilities (Privatisation)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry – in the House of Commons at 1:45 pm on 4th December 1996.

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Photo of Mr Peter Pike Mr Peter Pike , Burnley 1:45 pm, 4th December 1996

Does the Minister recognise that companies such as North West Water, which have a monopoly to connect sewers and water supplies for builders building new properties, are ripping off those builders and charging about 10 times a realistic price? Is it not time that that rip-off was stopped, so that people building houses can get a fair deal?