§ Mr. Giles Shaw
Local authorities, not water authorities, are empowered to provide a cesspool emptying service. I have received a number of representations about the charges made for this service, whether it should be made a water authority responsibility, and in one case, the discontinuance of the service by the local authority.
My Department is currently analysing the responses by local authorities to a questionnaire on non-mains drainage facilities. When this is completed, I will consider whether the evidence justifies any changes in current arrangements.