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Clause 30 will insert proposed new sections 95ZA and 96ZA into the Water Industry Act 1991. It will give the Secretary of State the power to set through regulations standards of performance relating to the sewerage services provided by sewerage licencees. We have amended the clause to extend the power to Welsh Ministers in the same way as for clause 29.
Currently, the powers to set standards of performance under section 93 of the Water Industry Act apply only to sewerage services provided by incumbent water companies and inset appointees, as with water supply in the previous clause. The clause is therefore vital and performs a function similar to the previous clause for sewerage services.