The Water and Sewerage Services (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Order 2006

Document Number:2006 No. 1946 (N.I. 15)
Coming into force:Coming into force on the 01/04/2007

Statutory Instruments



19 th July 2006

Coming into operation

1 st August 2006

At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 19 th day of July 2006


The Queen’s Most Excellent Majesty in Council

Whereas a draft of this Order in Council has been approved by resolution of each House of Parliament:

Now, therefore, Her Majesty, in exercise of the powers conferred by paragraph 1(1) of the Schedule to the Northern Ireland Act 2000 (c. 1) and of all other powers enabling Her in that behalf, is pleased, by and with the advice of Her Privy Council, to order, and it is hereby ordered, as follows:–


Title and commencement

1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Water and Sewerage Services (Miscellaneous Provisions)(Northern Ireland) Order 2006.

(2) This Order comes into operation on 1 st August 2006.


2.—(1) The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954 (c. 33) applies to this Order as it applies to an Act of the Assembly.

(2) In this Order “the Department” means the Department for Regional Development.

Information sharing

Information sharing

3.—(1) This Article applies to any information which is held—

(a) by the Department of Finance and Personnel for the purposes of—

(i) its functions under the Rates (Northern Ireland) Order 1977 (NI 28) or the Rates (Capital Values, etc.) (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 (NI 4); or

(ii) the administration of housing benefit;

(b) by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive for the purposes of—

(i) its functions under the Housing (Northern Ireland) Orders 1981 to 2003; or

(ii) the administration of housing benefit.

(2) Information to which this Article applies must, if an authorised officer so requires, be supplied to—

(a) the Department; or

(b) any person or body providing services to the Department,

for the purpose of enabling or assisting the recipient to make arrangements in connection with the development, introduction and implementation of a charges scheme.

(3) Any requirement under paragraph (2) must specify—

(a) the description of information which is to be supplied;

(b) in the case of information to be supplied to a person other than the authorised officer, the name and address of that person;

(c) the form in which the information is to be supplied; and

(d) the date by which the information is to be supplied.

(4) Such a requirement must not specify under paragraph (3)(d) a date later than 31 st March 2007.

(5) This Article—

(a) does not limit the circumstances in which information may be supplied apart from this Article; but

(b) has effect despite any restriction on the purposes for which information may be disclosed or used.

(6) In paragraph (2) “a charges scheme” means a scheme for charging for services provided by a person who supplies water through pipes to, or provides sewerage services in respect of, any premises; and the arrangements referred to in that paragraph include in particular—

(a) arrangements for identifying those owning or occupying premises;

(b) arrangements for identifying those who may be eligible for any special assistance under the scheme and for providing that assistance; and

(c) arrangements for billing and recovery of the charges which may be imposed in accordance...

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