Scotland, Northern Ireland face water privatisation

A step towards the possible privatisation of Scotland's water and sewerage services was taken in July when Scottish Secretary Ian Lang announced in a parliamentary reply that consultants have been appointed to advise on the industry's future. And the privatisation of Northern Ireland's water and sewerage business is now to be carried out by the mid-1990s.

Water and sewerage services in Scotland are currently run by the regional councils. The first official indication that they could lose their responsibilities came in last year's consultation paper on local government reform, which said that the services may best be handled by bodies separate from the proposed new unitary authorities.

In a short written answer, Mr Lang announced just before the parliamentary recess that he has appointed ma

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