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Northern Ireland Water

Volume 459: debated on Friday 20 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what septic tank emptying service Northern Ireland Water has offered since 1 April 2007; what charges are planned for this service; what revenue is expected in each of the next three financial years; and if he will make a statement; (133315)

(2) what the status is of the septic tank emptying agreements between Northern Ireland Water and households in Northern Ireland; what direct communication the households concerned have received on the alteration of the agreements; and if he will make a statement.

The Water and Sewerage Services (NI) Order 2006 transferred responsibility for the delivery of water and sewerage services from the Department’s Water Service Agency to a statutory water and sewerage undertaker. A government-owned company, Northern Ireland Water (NIW) has been appointed as the undertaker and the issues raised are operational matters for it. I have asked the Chief Executive of NIW (Mrs. Katharine Bryan) to write to the hon. Gentleman in response to these questions.