18. Dr. Tony Wright
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what progress he has made in persuading water companies to accept responsibility for supply pipes. 
§ Mr. Meacher
Water companies have responded positively to the 10 point plan announced at the Water Summit on 19 May. Most have agreed to offer a free leakage detection and repair service for household customers' supply pipes. We are pursuing this issue with a few companies who have yet to give a fully satisfactory response. We will make a further statement shortly.
§ 22. Mr. Hanson
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions when he next expects to meet representatives of the water companies to discuss water leakage. 
§ Mr. Prescott
At the Water Summit on 19 May, I announced that the Director General of Water Services would set tough mandatory targets. I have no current plans to meet representatives of the water companies again to discuss the issue.