The issues to be addressed in the report stem, at least in part, from the November 2007 House of Lords Select Committee report on regulators, which commented that "we find it hard to accept that there is something specific about the nature of water itself which means that the sector can never develop effective competition".
In the UK, the track record of efforts to introduce competition into different utilities following privatisation is very mixed. Some markets such as telecoms are perceived to have benefitted from thriving competition in some areas (such as broadband), whilst privatisation of other industries is generally regarded as having introduced no competition whatsoever (for example in passenger rail services).
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