A total of 119 individual responses to the consultation were received. In addition, 68 letters were received from franchisees in support of a national drainage contractor's response and 26 identical letters in support of one from a residents' spokesperson.
I will ask officials to inform the hon. Member when the full breakdown of responses has been made available on the DEFRA website.
DEFRA officials are currently working with a stakeholder steering group on the practical aspects of implementation. This is necessary before preparing any draft regulations which would put transfer in place. The Government will consult on these regulations before presenting them to Parliament for approval.