Environmental Audit Committee

26 February 2004 Water: the Periodic Review 2004 and the Environmental Programme

26 February 2004 Water: the Periodic Review 2004 and the Environmental Programme


As part of its inquiry into Water: the Periodic Review 2004 and the Environmental Programme, the Environmental Audit Committee will be taking oral evidence from the following:

Tuesday 2nd March

3.50pm:  Baroness Young, Chief Executive, Environment Agency

4.30pm:  English Nature and The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Wednesday 3rd March

3.50pm:  Pamela Taylor, Chief Executive, Water UK, Northumbrian Water and South West Water

4.30pm:  Mr Philip Fletcher, Director General, OFWAT

This session will be open to the public on a first come, first served basis.  Room allocations are subject to change at short notice.  Please call the Committee Information Line on: 020 7219 2033 for confirmation nearer the time.


Notes for Editors

1. The Committee’s previous report from November 2000 in connection with this subject, Water Prices and the Environment

DEFRA issued its document Directing the Flow: Priorities for future water policy in November 2002 and as part of the Periodic Review process: likewise, the Environment Agency issued its Environmental Drivers for the 2004 Periodic Review in September 2002. 

2. Ofwat and the Periodic Review: The Office of Water Services (Ofwat) sets price limits on water companies for consumers very five years at the conclusion of a process known as the Periodic Review.  The most recent Review started in October 2002 and the price limits will be announced in November 2004, coming into effect in April 2005.

In setting price limits the review process takes into account a range of factors including the need to finance a mandatory environmental investment programme set by DEFRA, the Environment Agency, and the Drinking Water Inspectorate, and the need to facilitate competition and to promote economy and efficiency in the industry.