Section 23: Determinations relating to provision of services
152.Section 23 relates to regulations to be made under the Sewerage (Scotland) Act 1968 (“the 1968 Act”) and the Water (Scotland) Act 1980 (“the 1980 Act”) as amended by the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003 (“the 2003 Act”). These allow the Scottish Ministers to make regulations dealing with the issue of reasonable cost, the cost which Scottish Water is required to bear in making a new connection to the public water supply or sewerage system. The regulations will define how the balance of costs between Scottish Water and developers will be calculated. In effect, these amendments mean that the Commission is to be responsible for deciding any disputes about reasonable costs, rather than Ministers.
153.Subsection (1)(a) amends subsection (4) of section 1 of the 1968 Act to give the Commission, rather than Ministers, powers to determine disputes arising over the determination of reasonable cost of a sewerage connection as defined in regulations. Subsection (1)(b) inserts provisions into the 1968 Act to require the Commission to define its procedures for determining disputes, and to consult Scottish Water and others as it considers appropriate on these procedures.
154.Subsection (2) makes equivalent provision in relation to connection to the public water networks through amendments to section 6 of the 1980 Act.