§ 18. Mr. David Heath
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what discussions he has had with water companies on the subject of charging arrangements in substitution for the present system based on rateable values. 
§ Mr. Meacher
The Deputy Prime Minister and I have met representatives of the water companies at the water summit and at other times. We shall consider their views alongside all others in the Government's review of the water charging system.