§ Mr. Rooker
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he has any plans to establish a water consumers' consultative council.
§ Mr. Denis Howell
A majority of the members of water authorities are already nominated by local authorities and they provide a strong link with consumers. In228W addition, the water authorities already have power to establish local advisory committees, although most are preferring to rely on regular meetings with local authorities and other representative bodies. The case for such a national body will, however, be taken into account when we review the working of the water industry next year.