HC Deb 06 December 1978 vol 959 c679W
38. Mr. Farr

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will bring forward proposals to improve the public accountability of regional water authorities.

Mr. Denis Howell:

Water authorities are accountable through Ministers to Parliament and their charges are subject to investigation by the Price Commission. Their accounts are open to appropriate audit. I propose to increase the number of members appointed to the authorities by local government and I am making progress in appointing consumer members.