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

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It may help if I set out a little of the background to clause 12 and relate that to the issue that the hon. Gentleman is seeking to address with his amendments. Clause 12 gives Ministers the power to make regulations concerning the supply of water for public supply by a person other than an incumbent water company. The regulations must be widely consulted on and approved by Parliament. The measure is designed to create a regulated market in which potential suppliers of water that are not incumbent water companies, such as farmers with on-farm reservoirs, are empowered—