Schedule 1 — Water Industry Commissioner and Customer Panels: Further Provision

Part of Water Industry (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 – in the Scottish Parliament at 12:15 pm on 14th February 2002.

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Photo of Adam Ingram Adam Ingram Scottish National Party 12:15 pm, 14th February 2002

In moving amendment 92, we want to enhance the independence of the water industry commissioner, who is charged with promoting customers' interests. We do not want the commissioner to be a creature of ministers who, in the final analysis, are primarily responsible and publicly accountable for Scottish Water, which is the provider of the services. It is clear that Parliament is best placed to represent customers' interests and therefore Parliament should be in control of the appointment process.

On amendment 95 and the appointment of non-executive board members, Parliament should be satisfied that such individuals are appointed on merit and not because they are members of the Labour party. All amendments in this group improve the bill's system of checks and balances, particularly in relation to democratic scrutiny, and should be supported.

I move amendment 92