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Water Act 2014

Guidance relating to rules about charges
Section 38: Guidance relating to rules about charges

169.This section adds new sections 144ZE and 144ZF to the WIA which are about the Secretary of State and the Welsh Ministers issuing and revising high level guidance in relation to Ofwat’s charging rules made under provisions of the WIA inserted by this Act. In particular, section 144ZE places a requirement on the Secretary of State and the Welsh Ministers to issue and keep under review guidance on the principles to be applied by the Authority in determining the provisions of the rules about charges to undertakers’ customers and between undertakers and licensees in the reformed markets. This guidance will set the framework within which Ofwat must set the charging rules which are binding on undertakers. The guidance must be appropriately consulted on and laid before Parliament or, if appropriate, the National Assembly for Wales. This gives Parliament or the Assembly the ability to scrutinise the relevant government’s approach to charging guidance to Ofwat and to resolve, within a 40 day period, that the guidance should not be issued.

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