§ Mrs. Helen Jackson
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what emergency access arrangements are made to the water supply in properties where the supply has been disconnected for non-payment.
§ Mr. Maclean
None. However, local authorities are required to be notified of the disconnection of a supply of water to any inhabited house if the supply is not restored within 24 hours. They have powers under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 to make such arrangements as they think fit for the supply to be restored in certain circumstances.