I raised the case of Dee Valley Water in a debate on the Wales Bill in Parliament this afternoon and said that the Government and regulators have let us all down.

 

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Among the proposals in the bill is the further devolution of powers over water to Wales -; something which I supported, while pointing out the UK Government had refused to intervened in Dee Valley Water’s case.

A court case set for tomorrow will decide on the future of the company. While I cannot comment directly on the case as it is before the courts, I am disappointed that regulators OFWAT and the Competitions and Markets Authority have chosen not to intervene in the takeover.

I have been in close touch with staff at Dee Valley Water and I know that tomorrow’s case is hugely important to them. I will be watching closely, but as I told the Commons, this situation should never have arisen -; and, in my view, would not have come about if the Welsh Government had the relevant powers.

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