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Monday 12th March 2012 | 19:08
Mary Creagh MP, Labour's Shadoe Environment Secretary, commenting on the news that water companies across southern and eastern England are to introduce hosepipe bans, said:
"This drought is bad news for the 20 million water customers affected, whose bills have gone up by 6% this year, and who now face a hosepipe ban, and possible water supply cuts this summer. Fruit and vegetable prices will rise, wildlife will suffer and in a worse case scenario we could see the construction and energy industries affected.
"The Environment Secretary has held 3 drought summits but seems reluctant to get a grip. She should back Labour’s proposals for new laws to help people struggling to pay their bills and stop people taking water from rivers that are running dry."