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Clause 18 - Charges for providing a water main etc

Water Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:30 am on 10th December 2013.

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Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Dan Rogerson Dan Rogerson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Clause 18 amends sections of the Water Industry Act 1991 that set out the charging regimes under which customers and developers have to pay for new water mains, connections to the public water supply and so on. Schedule 7 makes further amendments to repeal the remaining redundant detailed charging provisions in the 1991 Act. The effect of the clause is to remove the piecemeal provision in the Act on the various charges involved and to bring each charge within charging rules, as provided for by clause 17. That will help customers and developers by providing additional clarity on what charges can be imposed for these works, allowing them to have greater understanding of the potential costs before starting on a site. It should also help to limit disputes by providing more transparency than exists at present.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 18 accordingly ordered to stand part of the Bill.