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Utility Disconnections

Volume 403: debated on Monday 7 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many households (a) in England and Wales and (b) in the Buckinghamshire constituency have been disconnected by (i) water companies, (ii) electricity companies and (iii) telecommunications companies in each year since 1999. [106986]

The number of disconnections by electricity companies in England and Wales was:

For debtFor theftTotal
19993733,2193,592
20003003,0043,334
20013751,9592,334
20029952,4943,489

Note:

Disconnection data for telecommunications operators other than BT are not available, nor are the data available by regions.

The total number of BT residential disconnections in the United Kingdom were:

Number

19991,000,161
20001,060,993
20011,068,416
20021,034,390

The net disconnections were:

Number

1999645,941
2000705,738
2001718,509
2002571,112

Note:

Some households were disconnected more than once in a year.

Information on disconnections on a constituency basis is not available.

My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has responsibility for the water industry. I understand that under the Water Industry Act 1999, water companies do not have the power to disconnect various categories of premises, including private dwellings.