Office for Environmental Protection - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:11 pm on 23 January 2024.

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Photo of The Duke of Wellington The Duke of Wellington Crossbench 3:11, 23 January 2024

My Lords, I commend the report from the Office for Environmental Protection. I quote from it:

“The current state of the water environment is not satisfactory … the pace of change has now stalled”.

Will the Minister and his ministerial colleagues consider setting up a review of the way the water companies are regulated? Regulation is currently divided between Ofwat, as the financial regulator, and the Environment Agency, as the environmental regulator. Would it not be better to have a single regulator?