Written Answers. - Public-Private Partnerships.

Thursday, 29 June 2000

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 522 No. 4

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  18.  Proinsias De Rossa  Information on Prionsias De Rossa  Zoom on Prionsias De Rossa   asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government  Information on Noel Dempsey  Zoom on Noel Dempsey   his views on the comments made by a person (details supplied) in which he suggested that his Department was using public-private partnerships to force local authorities to hand over control of public water to private operators and that this would inevitably lead to the introduction of water charges; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18647/00]

Minister for the Environment and Local Government (Mr. Dempsey): Information on Noel Dempsey  Zoom on Noel Dempsey  At the time the statement referred to by the Deputy was made, I issued a press release in which I categorically denied that the use of public-private partnership projects had any bearing on the question of the introduction of water charges. Legislation precludes the charging of domestic consumers for water services. I made it clear at the time and I repeat it now that the Government has no proposals to revise this position.


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