HC Deb 07 July 1997 vol 297 c332W
Mr. Roy Beggs

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what new arrangements he has introduced to enforce and administer water regulations. [6233]

Angela Eagle

Following consultation on enforcement and administration of water regulations and further discussions with relevant organisations, it is intended that regulations will he made under the powers in section 74 of the Water Industry Act 1991. These Regulations will be enforced by the water companies. Powers to relax or dispense with the requirements of the Regulations will not be delegated. An appeals system will be implemented to deal with disputes about the application of the Regulations.

The Water Regulations Advisory Committee is currently consulting on its proposals for the technical requirements to be included in the Regulations before making recommendations to my right hon. Friend.

Consultation on the draft Regulations will take place early in 1998.