HC Deb 26 July 1990 vol 177 cc375-6W
Mr. Redmond

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the water companies that have had complaints sent to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission over the cost of water pipes to new homes since privatisation; and if he will list the complaints received, by company.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory

Complaints about the actions of, and charges imposed by, water and sewage undertakers fall to be dealt with in the first instance by the customer service committees established by the Director General of Water Services. Reference of any individual complaint to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission is a matter for decision by the director general.

Mr. Redmond

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what information he has on the amount charged by individual water companies for connection to the water system for(a) new homes and (b) new businesses; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory

Section 79 of the Water Act 1989 enables water and sewage undertakers to levy charges to cover the cost of additional infrastructure required to meet the demands of new customers. The initial limits, which were set by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State, are listed in the table. These charges are payable on the provision of new supplies or sewerage services for domestic purposes and are in addition to the longstanding arrangements for the provision of local infrastructure through requisitioning payments and connection charges.

Water service companies: Water and sewerage infrastructure charge limits (at 1990–91 prices)
Water £ Sewerage £
Anglian Water Services Limited 479 597
Southern Water Services Limited 365 485
Thames Water Utilities Limited 403 337
Yorkshire Water Services Limited 529 626
Northumbrian Water Limited 111 240
North West Water Limited 198 338
Severn Trent Water Limited 498 356
Dwr Cymru Cyfyngedig 259 332
South West Water Services Limited 654 557
Wessex Water Services Limited 551 983

Statutory water companies: water infrastructure charge limits (at 1990–91 prices)
Bournemouth 1,000
Bristol 439
Cambridge 1,000
Cholderton 201
Colne Valley 435
East Anglian 1,000
Eastbourne 1,000
East Surrey 251
East Worcestershire 576
Essex 404
Folkestone 998
Hartlepool 252
Lee Valley 808
Mid Kent 1,000
Mid Sussex 392
Mid Southern 700
Newcastle 216
North Surrey 392
Portsmouth 358
Rickmansworth 395
South Staffs 606
Sunderland 485
Sutton 254
Tendring Hundred 1,000
West Hampshire 868
West Kent 834
York 222
Chester 758
Wrexham 390