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New Housing: Water Supply

House of Lords written question – answered on 29th June 2005.

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Photo of Baroness Byford Baroness Byford Spokespersons In the Lords, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether there is a sufficient water supply available for the proposed new housing in the south and south-east, including the areas where water restrictions are being introduced.

Photo of Baroness Andrews Baroness Andrews Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister)

Technical work on water supply and new housing is undertaken by the Environment Agency and the local water companies. This includes work with the South East of England Regional Assembly as part of drafting the new south-east plan—the regional spatial strategy. The work shows, against both current programmes and future growth scenarios, that demand and supply side measures in combination should ensure sufficient water supplies for the necessary growth in housing.

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