Clause 12 - Arrangements for water undertakers to take water from other persons

Part of Water Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 3:15 pm ar 5 Rhagfyr 2013.

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Photo of Dan Rogerson Dan Rogerson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 3:15, 5 Rhagfyr 2013

I welcome the spirit in which the hon. Gentleman made his remarks. Indeed, I would like to express my gratitude to a number of Members from all parties for being happy to discuss with me their concerns about the issue. As the hon. Gentleman pointed out, I met with the Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent North (Joan Walley), and the Chair of the Science and Technology Committee, the hon. Member for Ellesmere Port and Neston. Both of them have an interest in the issue that I think reflects constituency realities as well as their overarching interest in the future of the Canal & River Trust. I also met with a number of other hon. Members, including my predecessor as Minister, the hon. Member for Newbury, who is keen to ensure that we get things right on this issue.