Written answers

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Department of Environment, Community and Local Government

EU-IMF Programme of Support

Photo of Arthur SpringArthur Spring (Kerry North-West Limerick, Labour)
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122. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government the annual cost of water to the State on the date the memorandum of understanding was signed with the troika; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28691/14]

Photo of Arthur SpringArthur Spring (Kerry North-West Limerick, Labour)
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123. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government the cost per household of water charges envisaged when the memorandum of understanding with the troika was signed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28692/14]

Photo of Phil HoganPhil Hogan (Minister, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government; Carlow-Kilkenny, Fine Gael)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 122 and 123 together.

The Programme of Support between the European Commission , the European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund and Ireland, agreed in December 2010 , provided that the Government would undertake an independent assessment of transfer of responsibility for water services provision from local authorities to a water utility, and prepare proposals for implementation, as appropriate with a view to start charging for water within the Programme period.

In 2010 total expenditure on water services amounted to €1.235 billion comprised of €519 million provided by the Exchequer and operational expenditure by the local authorities of €716 million.

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