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Reservoirs: Abingdon

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 195040, tabled on 23 November 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will ask Ofwat to publish an assessment of Thames Water’s costs estimates for the proposed Abingdon Reservoir.

Answered on

29 November 2018

The Secretary of State will consider and make decisions on the draft water resources management plan, following both Thames Water’s consultation and advice from the Environment Agency (EA). Ofwat will also scrutinise Thames Water’s published proposals to make sure they offer customers value for money through the price review process.

Defra, Ofwat and the EA discussed with Thames Water the need for further consultation on its draft plan, following the previous consultation earlier this year. Thames Water has now published a statement of response, which explains the views expressed in its original consultation and the reasons for it deciding to carry out further consultation on its draft plan.