§ Mr. Iain Mills
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he is satisfied with the equity of present arrangements under the Water Charges Act 1976 whereby surface water drainage to a public sewer results in a charge for sewerage and sewage disposal on the property holder by the water authority, when the property holder may incur charges only in respect of surface water which has been caused by rain.
§ Mr. Giles Shaw
The National Water Council considered this difficult issue recently. It advises that surface water drainage services and foul water drainage services could be separately charged for only at a disproportionate cost, which would ultimately have to be borne by consumers.