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Water Services etc. (Scotland) Act 2005

Subsection (1): the new section 29G of the 2002 Act: Effective exercise of core functions

143.The new section 29G of the 2002 Act, which is also inserted by subsection (1) of section 21 of the Act, provides that, for the purposes of sections 29C(5) and 29F(1), Scottish Water is to be taken to be exercising its core functions effectively if it makes such use of its resources that, year on year, it achieves its objectives, as set out in Ministerial directions under sections 56 and 56A of the 2002 Act at the lowest reasonable overall cost. Section 29C(5) provides that Scottish Water’s income should not be less than sufficient to allow it to carry out its core functions. A definition of the effective exercise of Scottish Water’s core functions is needed in relation to section 29F(1) because the expenditure required in relation to this is one factor where a material change may trigger a section 29F review of the Commission’s determination and charges.

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