Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Questions (431, 447)

Róisín Shortall

Question:

431. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government further to Parliamentary Question No. 259 of 14 February 2013, his views on the principle that householders should get a basic free allowance of water and that charges should only apply for usage above that allowance; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9583/13]

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Paul Connaughton

Question:

447. Deputy Paul J. Connaughton asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his plans for the way Irish Water will charge for water for households; if consideration will be given to households with multiple occupants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10029/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 431 and 447 together.

I refer to the reply to Question No. 259 of 14 February 2013 which set out the Government’s proposed approach to domestic water charges. No decision has yet been taken on the level of, or approach to, the free allowance.