Water and Sewerage Charges (Hansard, 16 January 1997)
HC Deb 16 January 1997 vol 288 cc305-6W
Mr. Wallace

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the estimated cost in 1996–97 to each water authority in Scotland of continuing the relief from water and sewerage charges given by former local authorities to(a) the premises of charitable organisations under the Water (Scotland) Act 1967 and (b) the premises of nursing and care homes under the Rating (Disabled Persons) Act 1978. [10451]

Mr. Kynoch

Water authorities cannot provide at reasonable cost accurate estimates of relief given to charitable organisations in 1996–97. Water authority estimates of the relief given for the premises of nursing and care homes are as follows:

  • North of Scotland Water authority £1.3 million
  • East of Scotland Water authority £1.6 million
  • West of Scotland Water authority £1.9 million

Mr. Wallace

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland which local water and sewerage authorities gave discretionary relief under the Water (Scotland) Act 1967 to charitable organisations in 1995–96. [10440]

Mr. Kynoch

All former regional and islands councils gave discretionary relief to charitable organisations in 1995–96. The Water (Scotland) Act 1980 gave the relevant statutory power.

Mr. Wallace

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what was the value in 1995–96 of the rebate in respect of relief for water and sewerage charges granted under the Rating (Disabled Persons) Act 1978 in the area now covered by(a) North of Scotland Water Authority, (b) East of Scotland Water and (c) West of Scotland Water; [10442]

(2) what was the value in 1995–96 of rebate to each regional and islands council in respect of relief for water and sewerage charges under the Rating (Disabled Persons) Act. 1978 [10441]

Mr. Kynoch

The information requested is shown in the table.

Water Authority Old undertaking Amount of non-domestic water and non-domestic sewerage rate rebated(£) Amount of Government grant payable at 90 per cent. of total rebated (£)
East of Scotland
Borders regional council 151,377 136,239
Central regional council 103,796 93,416
Fife regional council 283,789 255,410
Lothian regional council 969,759 872,783
Central Scotland Water Development Board (eastern)1 see below see below
1,508,721 1,508,721 1,357,848
West of Scotland
Dumfries and Galloway regional council 2102,172 291,955
Strathclyde regional council 1,862,415 1,676,174
Central Scotland Water Development Board (western)1 see below see below
1,964,587 1,964,587 1,768,129
North of Scotland
Grampian regional council 2521,876 2469,688
Highland regional council 2282,339 2254,105
Tayside regional council 2419,271 2377,344
Orkney islands council 224,472 222,025
Shetland islands council 23,084 20,776
Western Isles islands council 257,405 251,665
1,328,447 1,328,447 1,195,603
1 Information relating to reliefs provided in the Central Scotland Water Development Area is not held centrally and is included in figures for Strathclyde and Central Regional Councils.
2 Unaudited returns.

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