Water UK future regulation project The future regulation consultation document was published on Water UK’s website as an open consultation on 18 July 2005. The deadline for responses was 15 October 2005. Last autumn, we held closed meetings with the industry’s regulators (`cluster’ meetings), as follows: Ofwat 1 September 2005 Defra 14 September CCWater 27 September EA 18 November The outputs from those meetings were very useful to us in terms of informing our view of the sorts of issues we ought to be focussing on, where our efforts might best be directed, and helping to develop the programme for the wider stakeholder events. During October 2005, we held three stakeholder consultation events, known as `circles’ as follows: Date Event/venue Chairman Facilitator Attendees 4 Oct Customers Margaret Barbara Saunders CCWater (Water UK) Devlin Defra Ofwat DWI RSPH etc 6 Oct City Richard John Smith Ofwat (Merrill Ackroyd NAO Lynch) Defra EIB Deloittes NERA Reps of analysts, investors etc 12 Oct Environment Keith John Green, The Ofwat Harris Green Light EA Partnership Defra DWI RSPB. CIWEM,NFU, Forum for the Future, Surfers Against Sewage, ESA Feedback from these events was very positive; and a summary of all three events will be in the Water UK response document. The environment circle event identified a great deal of common ground between the various participants. We decided to draw all this work together in the form of a `roadmap’. The outcome of this process and work undertaken by a further internal Water UK workshop will also be set out in our response document. Further cluster events Following the circle events, we are meeting again with our regulators to feed back to them the conclusions of the work we have done so far, to identify the key issues they feel we should highlight for future action, and to maintain the process of engagement. Meetings were held on 1 December with Ofwat, 12 December with Defra, 13 December with CCWater and with DWI on 20 January. We used these meeting to confirm our impressions of their views and the outcome of the further stakeholder work undertaken by Water UK. This was done to ensure there were `no surprises’ in terms of the likely outcomes set out in our response document. Water UK response document An outline of the Water UK response document is at Attachment 1, with an early draft drawing together all the different strands of work is at Attachment 2. This is work in progress at this stage. We are working with a leading academic to develop the main messages and themes. We intend to publish the response document to coincide with the future regulation conference on 8 March. Future regulation conference The conference which will present the main findings of the report will be held on Wednesday 8 March at the Commonwealth Club, London WC2. Confirmed speakers include Pamela Taylor, Chief Executive, Water UK, Philip Fletcher, Director General, Ofwat, Professor Martin Cave, Warwick University Business School, Edward Humpherson, National Audit Office,Dr Tony Ballance, Severn Trent Water, Guy Thompson, Green Alliance and Robin Cohen, Deloittes. Elliot Morley MP, Defra Minister for Climate Change and the Environment, has agreed to give the keynote address. A full conference programme is available from [link to I&L website address]..
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