Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Session 2008-09

29 January 2009

NEW INQUIRY ANNOUNCED: Ofwat's Price Review 2009

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 invites all interested parties to address these matters in writing. The deadline for submissions is Thursday 26 February 2009. More information about the required format of submissions is given below.

Oral evidence sessions will be announced in due course.


Submissions should be in Word or rich text format and sent by e-mail to efracom@parliament.uk. The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from.

Submissions must address the terms of reference. They should be as brief as possible, and no more than 3,000 words. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document must include an executive summary (no more than one page long).

Committees make public much of the evidence they receive during inquiries. If you do not wish your submission to be published, you must clearly say so. If you wish to include private or confidential information in your submission to the Committee, please contact the Clerk of the Committee to discuss this. Please bear in mind that Committees are not able to investigate individual cases.

Personal information, such as address and contact details, should be provided separately from the body of your submission. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted, no public use should be made of the submission unless you have first obtained permission from the Committee.

For further details about this inquiry, please contact Richard Cooke, Clerk, on 020 7219 3263.