Energy Bill [HL]

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:16 pm on 23rd March 2004.

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Photo of Lord Ezra Lord Ezra Shadow Minister, Trade & Industry 3:16 pm, 23rd March 2004

My Lords, when my noble friend raised this issue in Grand Committee, she drew attention to the fact that a much stronger obligation to sustainability was laid on Ofwat than is proposed, even with her amendment, on Ofgem. The noble Lord, Lord Davies, in reply to that, said:

"Ofwat is a different structure from Ofgem. Ofwat has clear environmental and sustainable factors built into its remit and role".—[Official Report, 4/2/04; col. 402.]

I do not for the life of me see why water, which is a prime necessity, should be treated any differently from energy, which is a prime necessity. I am very puzzled about why the Government, having dealt with the matter with regard to water in one way, should not be ready to deal in the same way with regard to energy.