Charles Walker welcomes Affinity Water business plan pledges

Speaking in a debate on the Water Bill, Charles Walker welcomes news that Affinity Water hopes to achieve an average bill reduction of 0.7% in each of the coming five years. He also welcomes the company's intention to reduce abstraction by 42 million litres a day over that period.

Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne) (Con): I do not often applaud water companies, but Affinity Water, which serves large parts of my part of the world, hopes to achieve an average bill reduction of 0.7% before inflation in each of the five years up to 2020. That is worth welcoming.

Dan Rogerson: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. As he is not always an enthusiast for what water companies do, it means all the more that he is prepared to offer those words of congratulation. It is fair for hon. Members across the House to express clearly their view that water companies should offer a fairer deal to consumers. That is what the Government want to see as well. That is why I am pleased that water companies are responding positively to the process.

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Mr Charles Walker: To refer once again to Affinity Water, its business plan for the five-year period from 2015-16 to 2019-20 states that it intends to reduce abstraction by 42 million litres a day over that period. That is very welcome, particularly in my part of the world. How will I be able to check up on Affinity’s progress towards that objective?

Dan Rogerson: My hon. Friend is an astute and fearless challenger of all authorities, whether they be in the private or public sector. I am sure that he is well aware of the routes that he can take to challenge the company on that matter publicly and privately. The new clauses that we are debating would not assist him in that aspiration.

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