Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Ofwat Price Review 2009

Report published

The Committee published ' Ofwat Price Review 2009' , its Fifth Report of Session 2008-09 (HC 554-I), on 22 July 2009.

Oral and written evidence (HC 554-II) was published on 24 July 2009.

The Government response was published on 19 October 2009.

Terms of Reference

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee will undertake a short inquiry into the current Periodic Review 2009 of water price limits being conducted by the Office of Water Services (Ofwat).

The Committee will consider in particular:

• the conduct of the review,

• how long-term planning for climate change and environmental improvements should be paid for,

• affordability of water services, and

• how the pricing review relates to the Cave and Walker reviews and the draft Floods and Water Bill.

The Committee invited all interested parties to address these matters in writing. The deadline for submissions was Thursday 26 February 2009.

Oral evidence

Wednesday 17 June 2009
Huw Irranca-Davies, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Minister for Marine and Natural  Environment, Defra

Wednesday 10 June 2009

Monday 8 June 2009
Severn Trent Water, Yorkshire Water and Thames Water

Wednesday 3 June 2009
Environment Agency; Professor Martin Cave, Independent Review of Competition and Innovation in Water Markets

Monday 1 June 2009
Consumer Council for Water

Wednesday 20 May 2009
Anna Walker and Sue Ellis, Independent Review of Household Charging and Metering for Water and Sewerage Services

Press notices

15/10/09 Government response to be published
22/07/09 Report published
17/07/09 Report to be published
29/01/09 Inquiry announced