Section 30 – Maximum charges for services provided with help of Scottish Water
74.This section is based on section 75 of the 1994 Act.
75.Subsection (1) gives the Scottish Ministers the power by order to set maximum charges that a person other than Scottish Water can recover from another person for the supply of water and/or sewerage services that are provided with the help of Scottish Water. Subsection (2) explains the situations where, for the purposes of this provision, water and sewerage services are treated as supplied with the help of Scottish Water. These are:
where a person has access to services that have been provided by Scottish Water but are made available to the person by someone other than Scottish Water; or
where a person is provided with a supply of water or sewerage or a service for sewage disposal by another person who was initially supplied by Scottish Water.
76.Subsection (3) allows the maximum charge imposed to vary according to the person, circumstances or localities involved. It allows the Scottish Ministers to fix a maximum amount either by specifying the maximum amount of the charge or by specifying a method to calculate that amount.
77.Subsection (4) enables a person who pays a charge that is above the maximum amount fixed under subsection (1) to recover the excess amount from the person who had levied the charge.
78.An order under subsection (1) must be made by statutory instrument and is subject to negative procedure in the Parliament (see section 68).