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All-Party Parliamentary Water Group

About the Group

APPWG fringe meetingThe All-Party Parliamentary Water Group provides a forum for Parliamentarians and interested stakeholders to monitor government and regulatory policy and maintain a dialogue with government, Parliament, the water sector and a wide range of other interested groups. The Group has been running for nearly 10 years and is one of the most active All Party Groups in Parliament, holding regular meetings throughout the year on a wide range of topics.

The Group Officers

The Group is led by a cross-party team of officers, headed by our Group co-chairs, Alex Davies-Jones MP and Baroness McIntosh of Pickering.

Alex Davies-Jones MP, Co-Chair

Alex Davies-Jones was elected as the first female MP for Pontypridd in December 2019 for the Labour Party. Prior to her election she was a Community Engagement Manager for Welsh Water, and was first elected as a Councillor in Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council in 2012. Alex brings her industry expertise to the group combined with her first-hand experience of living and representing an area affected badly by flooding.

 

Baroness McIntosh of Pickering, Co-Chair

Anne McIntosh was elevated to the peerage as Baroness McIntosh of Pickering in October 2015 following a long career as first an MEP, from 1989 to 1999, and then as Conservative MP for Thirsk and Malton (formerly Vale of York) from 1997 to 2015. She has a huge range of experience and expertise in environmental policy having served as Shadow Environment Minister from 2007 to 2010 and as Chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee from 2010 to 2015.

 

Information on all the group’s officers can be found here.

Agriculture Bill: a new opportunity for the water industry

Join us at our next virtual meeting of the APPG on the Agriculture Bill and the opportunity it presents for the water industry.

Brexit means that the UK is leaving the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy which in turn has led to a new Agriculture Bill, currently making its way through the legislative process. This bill proposes giving the Secretary of State new powers to provide financial assistance to those managing land and delivering public benefits such as air and water quality, public access and productivity.

OFWAT have identified that these funds could be a potential new income stream for water companies which could help in meeting ambitious targets to tackle climate change. Additionally, the bill presents new opportunities for water companies to work with other environmental stakeholders such as farmers on land management.

During this meeting, we will discuss the benefits of the Agriculture Bill and where it could go further in tackling the challenges that the industry faces.

Time: 5.00 – 6.00pm

Date: Wednesday 15 July 2020

Venue: Virtual meeting via Zoom

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If you have any questions or would like to find out more about the Group, please contact Beth Sidwell at the Group’s secretariat on appwg@connectpa.co.uk.

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