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Orders of the Day — Utilities Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:34 pm on 31st January 2000.

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Photo of John Butterfill John Butterfill Conservative, Bournemouth West 5:34 pm, 31st January 2000

The hon. Gentleman is right to note that water prices have increased, but he will know of two major factors. The first was years of Treasury reluctance to put capital into the industries, and the second—and more important one—is the correct environmental standards that are now required, not least by the EU, which have meant that even more investment is necessary.