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Water Act 2014

Section 42: Retail exit: non-household premises

178.Section 42 enables the Secretary of State to make regulations (“exit regulations”) to allow an undertaker whose area is wholly or mainly in England to apply to exit the non-household retail market for that area. The regulations could include provisions about determining an exit application, for transferring the relevant non-household business to an eligible licensee or licensees and about the operation of a retail exit area after the exit has taken place. The regulations could require an undertaker to exit both the water and sewerage retail markets at the same time. The regulations could also include provisions for protecting the household and non-household customers affected by the exit.

179.Subsections (4) and (5) of section 42 allow exit regulations to set out the functions that would be affected by retail exit and what undertakers would therefore be prohibited from doing in an area affected by retail exits.

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