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Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002

Section 22 – Transfer of property and liabilities

47.Subsection (1) provides for all of the existing authorities’ property and liabilities to transfer to Scottish Water. As a result, the public water and sewerage infrastructure will vest in Scottish Water and Scottish Water will become responsible for discharging all of the existing authorities’ contractual obligations, including those relating to the staff of the existing authorities, all of whom will transfer – under section 23 – to Scottish Water.

48.Subsection (2) makes it clear that property and liabilities can transfer despite any provision that would otherwise prevent or restrict the transfer.

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