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The Water and Sewerage Services Licences (Cross-Border Applications) (Scotland) Order 2016

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1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Water and Sewerage Services Licences (Cross-Border Applications) (Scotland) Order 2016 and comes into force on 1st April 2016.

(2) In this Order—

“the 1991 Act” means the Water Industry Act 1991(1);

“1991 Act application” means an application under section 17F of the 1991 Act(2) (procedure for granting licences) for the grant of a water supply licence or a sewerage licence;

“the 2005 Act” means the Water Services etc. (Scotland) Act 2005;

the Authority” means the Water Services Regulation Authority; and

the Commission” means the Water Industry Commission for Scotland.

Applications forwarded by the Water Services Regulation Authority

2.—(1) If the conditions in paragraph (2) are satisfied, the Commission must treat—

(a)an application under section 17F of the 1991 Act for the grant of a water supply licence giving a retail authorisation or a restricted retail authorisation as being also an application under paragraph 1 of schedule 2 to the 2005 Act for the grant of a water services licence; and

(b)an application under section 17F of the 1991 Act for the grant of a sewerage licence giving a retail authorisation as being also an application under paragraph 1 of schedule 2 to the 2005 Act for the grant of a sewerage services licence.

(2) The conditions are that—

(a)the applicant has requested that the Authority forwards a copy of the 1991 Act application to the Commission under section 17FB of the 1991 Act(3) (applications forwarded to the Water Industry Commission for Scotland);

(b)the Authority has so forwarded a copy of the 1991 Act application to the Commission and the Commission has received that copy;

(c)the Commission is satisfied that the forwarded 1991 Act application includes, or is accompanied by, sufficient information to enable the Commission to treat it as an application under paragraph 1 of schedule 2 to the 2005 Act; and

(d)the forwarded 1991 Act application is accompanied by a fee of the amount (if any) payable in relation to an application for a water services licence or sewerage services licence or both, as the case may be, under a fees scheme approved by the Scottish Ministers under section 9(7) of the 2005 Act(4) (fees relating to licences), subject to paragraph (3).

(3) The condition in paragraph (2)(d) does not apply where the Commission has agreed that the fee may be paid by an alternative arrangement.

KEITH BROWN

A member of the Scottish Government

St Andrew’s House,

Edinburgh

26th January 2016

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