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Explanatory Memorandum to Water and Sewerage Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006

Chapter IV – Miscellaneous

37.Chapter IV deals with a number of general matters concerning the regulation of undertakers.

38.Article 60 places the Authority under a duty to review the performance of the undertaker and allows the Department to give general direction to the Authority in relation to the prioritisation of these duties.  Article 61 specifies that, in dealing with any dispute under the Order, the Authority may determine the procedure to be followed including any matters relating to costs and expenses; the Authority is obliged to give reasons for its decisions where it determines a dispute.  Article 62 requires an undertaker to make an annual statement to the Authority about any performance bonus awarded to directors of the company appointed as the undertaker.  Article 63 requires undertakers to establish a complaints procedure following consultation with the Consumer Council, which it must publicise.  The Authority can direct the undertaker to review and modify its complaints procedure.

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