§ Dr. Cable
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his answer of 10 March 2000,Official Report, column 839W, what consultations, on what dates, he held with consumer groups concerning the decision to remove the provisions concerning telecommunications and water industries from the Utilities Bill; on what date or dates he received representations from the National Consumer Council and the Consumers Association; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Dr. Howells
There were no consultations. Representations were received from the National Consumer Council on 1 March and from the Consumers Association on 29 February.