HC Deb 15 December 1980 vol 996 c60W
Mr. Marlow

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will seek to put a limit on the amount by which water authorities can increase their charges.

Mr. Fox

Under the Water Act 1973 the Government do not have the power to act in this way. It is for water authorities to determine their charges but we have impressed upon them the need to keep charges to a minimum consistent with their statutory responsibilities.