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Orders of the Day — Utilities Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:52 pm on 31st January 2000.

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Photo of John Butterfill John Butterfill Conservative, Bournemouth West 4:52 pm, 31st January 2000

The hon. Gentleman has been extremely generous in giving way again. He will remember that the evidence given by consumer groups to the Select Committee on Trade and Industry, on which he and I serve and of which he is a distinguished Chairman, was against the idea of a board of regulators—a committee form of regulation—and that most of them took the view that it was better to have as a regulator a single personality, particularly a strong personality, because more would be achieved that way.