§ 28. Mr. Anthony Coombs
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the regulatory regime for the water industry in delivering quality of service in the long term.
§ Mr. Baldry
Quality of service is a central concern of the Director General of Water Services, and the Competition and Service (Utilities) Bill will lead to a further strengthening of his powers.
The National Rivers Authority and the drinking water inspectorate are dealing effectively with, respectively, environmental quality and the quality of drinking water.