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Water And Sewerage Rates

Volume 894: debated on Wednesday 25 June 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will take steps to ensure that relief comparable to that available for domestic and mixed hereditaments under Statutory Instrument No. 396, 1975, is made available to commercial properties which are not on main drainage or sewerage.

The High Court has recently declared the Water Authorities (Collection of Charges) Order 1974 ultra vires in so far as it purports to authorise any charge for sewerage and sewage disposal on unconnected properties. There is an appeal before the House of Lords, so that I cannot comment at this stage on the hon. Member's proposal in relation to the Collection of Charges Order 1975 (S.I. No. 396/1975).