§ Sir Michael Spicer
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what are the budgeted costs of Ofwat for the financial years(a) 1999– 2000 and (b) 2000–01. 
§ Mr. Mullin
The Office of Water Services (Ofwat) is a non-Ministerial Government Department statutorily independent of the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions. It is financed by Parliament through licence fees received from the regulated water and sewerage companies.
Ofwat's expenditure profile for the years 1993–94 to 2001–02 is given in figure 22.a of the DETR Departmental Annual Report 1999, Cm 4204. Planned expenditure for 1999–2000 is £11.9 million. Planned expenditure in 2000–01 is £12.7 million.