§ 9. Mr. Gordon Marsden
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what measures are being evaluated by his Department to improve the regulation of the water companies. 
§ Mr. Meacher
The proposals on utility regulation set out in the Government's Green Paper "A fair deal for consumers" will apply to the regulation of the water industry. We will also publish shortly proposals for consultation on a new approach to water charging, and the Director General is continuing his periodic review of water price limits.