Section 37 – Collection of charges by local authority
95.This section, based on section 79 of the 1994 Act, enables the Scottish Ministers to determine by order that, where Scottish Water provides unmeasured water and sewerage services to dwellings, charges are to be collected by the appropriate local authority for the area concerned and that the authority should make payments to Scottish Water in respect of charges collected (subsection (1)). Such an order need not apply to all the dwellings in an area. Subsection (2) sets the matters that may be included in an order made under subsection (1) and these include provisions as to forms and procedures and appeals.
96.Subsection (3) gives effect to schedule 4, which largely restates Schedule 10 to the 1994 Act (repealed by Schedule 7, paragraph 23 (f)), on recovery of unpaid charges by the local authority.
97.An order under subsection (1) must be made by statutory instrument and is subject to negative procedure in the Parliament (see section 68).