HC Deb 12 July 1995 vol 263 c578W
Mr. Purchase

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on competition regulation in the water industry. [32132]

Mr. Clappison

We are keen to encourage direct competition where it is appropriate. The Competition and Service (Utilities) Act 1992 introduced a number of measures to facilitate it in the case of water.

On 4 July the Director General of Water Services published a paper entitled "Competition in the water industry: inset appointments and their regulation", in response to an increasing number of inquiries into the introduction of competition into the water industry.