Written Answers. - Non-Payment of Water Charges.

Colm M. Hilliard

Question:

70 Mr. Hilliard asked the Minister for the Environment if local authorities can act on instructions issued by his Department when the actual necessary legislative amendments have not been enacted in relation to the non-payment of water charges. [8999/95]

As indicated in the reply to Question No. 61 on 9 May 1995, local authorities were appraised in April 1995 of the revised arrangements which must precede a court application for authorisation to disconnect a water supply. These arrangements can be put in place by administrative action. Provision for applications to the District Court before disconnection will be made in forthcoming legislation.