Adjournment debate

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MPs are taking part in a debate on sewers and the home improvement industry.

Conservative MP Mark Pawsey has tabled this debate on the adoption of sewers and the home improvement industry.

In 2011, responsibility for the majority of sewers passed from private householders to the water companies.

As a consequence, water companies now require homeowners to seek their agreement when constructing extensions.

Water companies have taken to charging administrative fees for granting permission to build extensions.

The home improvement industry is petitioning for water companies to adopt an industry-wide code of conduct.

The code of conduct would outline best practice for building extensions when there may be a sewer nearby.

Adjournment debates are short debates held at the end of a day's business.

Adjournment debates are used to bring constituency matters to the attention of Government ministers.

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