18 September 2003
The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee today announced that it would undertake an inquiry into water pricing.
The background to its inquiry is the Periodic Review 2004 being undertaken by Ofwat, and the public comments of water companies and others, including the Environment Agency, about the level of investment required - and the price increases which will be needed to deliver that investment. In particular the Committee will look at whether the current approach to water pricing is in customers' best interests, and will of course be mindful of the need to deliver the Water Framework Directive.
The Committee invites written evidence from interested parties. Evidence should be submitted in Word or WordPerfect formats, and should be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 17 October 2003. 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 should be as brief as possible, and certainly no more than 3,000 words. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and it would be helpful to include a brief executive summary. Those submitting evidence are reminded that evidence should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted no public use should be made of it, but those wishing to publish their evidence before it is published by the Committee are invited to contact the Clerk of the Committee to obtain permission to do so.
Oral evidence will be taken in the Autumn. Witnesses will be announced in due course.
Further details of the Committee, including its current membership, can be found on the Committee's homepage at
http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/environment__food_and_rural_affairs.cfm . This link also provides further links to reports published by the Committee. Information about the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee can also be obtained from 020 7219 3262.