All Commons Briefing Papers
|17.07.2015||Increasing competition in the water industry in England and Wales|
Reforms introduced in the Water Act 2014 mean that from April 2017 all non-domestic water users in England will be able to choose their water supplier. The reforms will also open up the water and sewerage market to new companies and allow incumbent companies to exit the market. A cross-border English-Scottish market will also be established. Upstream competition will be introduced at a later date.
|06.05.2014||Water Bill 2013-14. Lords amendments|
This note provides information on the Water Bill's Committee, Report and Third Reading stages in the Lords. It highlights amendments made to the Bill and also gives a brief account of other significant amendments discussed. It does not provide an exhaustive account of proceedings or document every amendment discussed.
|02.01.2014||Water Bill: Committee Stage Report|
This briefing describes key areas of debate during the Water Bill's Committee Stage. The briefing does not cover all amendments or discussions.
This briefing is prepared for MPs and their staff to aid in their scrutiny of the Water Bill 2013 at its Second Reading on 25 November 2013. It provides briefing on key issues; additional briefing is available to MPs and their staff upon request.
|24.05.2013||Water bills - are they affordable to all?|
Water affordability problems have grown with real-term increases in water bills of around 50% since privatisation in 1989. Current UK Government policy might not ensure that water bills are affordable to all those on low incomes, although support is available for some vulnerable households.
|24.05.2013||Water bills and rateable values|
Members of the public often contact their water company or MP complaining that their water bill is much higher than their neighbour's because of differences to the rateable value of the properties. However, rateable values cannot be changed. Opting for a water meter might be the best option for households seeking to reduce their water bill.
|17.05.2013||Water bills in the south-west|
This note provides information on water bills in the south-west, which are significantly higher than in other parts of England. It describes the Government's solution to the problem: a payment allowing a £50 reduction of South West Water customer bills from April 2013.
|15.05.2013||The Water Bill|
The Government plans to introduce a Water Bill in this parliamentary session. It will probably focus on increasing competition in the water sector, and it will also aim to deliver other objectives including the provision of flood insurance, the better management of water supplies and more sustainable water abstraction.
|16.03.2012||Waste Water National Policy Statement|
This note provides background information on the Waste Water National Policy Statement, which streamlines planning policy for nationally significant waste water treatment projects such as the Thames Tunnel.
This notes sets out the positions of various groups regarding the effects of fluoridation of drinking water. It also sets out the Government's position.
|27.02.2012||The Water Industry (Financial Assistance) Bill 2010-12|
The Water Industry (Financial Assistance) Bill contains two measures. One will give the Government the discretion to reduce water bills in certain regions. The other will give the Government the discretion to provide financial assistance for major water and sewage infrastructure projects. Initially the Government plans to use these powers to reduce water bills in the South West of England and to support the Thames Tunnel project.
|30.11.2011||Surface water drainage charge (rain tax)|
This note introduces the debate surrounding the surface water drainage charge, or 'rain tax'. Following a change in legislation, water companies are now permitted to introduce surface water drainage charge concessionary rates for community groups.
Approximately 200,000 kilometres of privately owned sewers and lateral drains in England will be transferred to water and sewerage companies from 1 October 2011. This transfer will help to address many of the problems associated with these sewers.
|10.12.2009||Flood and Water Management Bill. Bill 9 2009-10.|
There has been growing pressure to introduce legislation to address the threat of flooding and water scarcity-both are predicted to increase with climate change. The Government published a draft Flood and Water Management Bill in April 2009, and the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee undertook pre-legislative scrutiny of the document. The Committee welcomed a number of the proposals, but it was concerned that a lack of parliamentary time would undermine the introduction of a comprehensive Bill. The Government introduced a slimmed-down version of the Bill on 19 November 2009. Key features include measures to: require the Environment Agency to create a National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy, which a number of organisations will have to follow; require lead local flood authorities to create Local Flood Risk Management Strategies; enable the Environment Agency and local authorities more easily to carry out flood risk management works; introduce a more risk-based approach to reservoir management; change the arrangements that would apply should a water company go into administration; enable water companies more easily to control non-essential uses of water, such as the use of hosepipes; enable water companies to offer concessions to community groups for surface water drainage charges; require the use of sustainable drainage systems in certain new developments; and, introduce a mandatory build standard for sewers.
Water metering. By Ed White. SN/SC/1509.
|04.09.2003||Water Bill (HL) (Bill 149 2002/03)|
Water Bill (HL) (Bill 149 2002/03). House of Commons Library Research Paper 03/67.
|10.12.1998||Water Industry Bill: Bill 1 1998/99|
Water Industry Bill: Bill 1 1998/99. House of Commons Library Research Paper 98/117. (Supersedes Research Paper 98/110).