Water: Regulation

Wales Office written question – answered on 23rd January 2015.

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Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Conservative, Hereford and South Herefordshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of cross-border water regulation in England and Wales as it relates to domestic and commercial properties in England supplied by Welsh Water; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Stephen Crabb Stephen Crabb The Secretary of State for Wales

The cross-border boundary for water regulation in England and Wales is complex. The Silk Commission acknowledged this in its second report.

The Government is currently considering the recommendations made by the Commission as part of my commitment to reach a political consensus on the way forward on Welsh devolution. This includes the proposal to align the boundary for legislative competence for water with the national border. I will announce the outcome of this work by St David’s Day.

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