HC Deb 02 July 1981 vol 7 cc464-5W
Mr. O'Halloran

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received from local authorities in the Greater London area regarding amending the existing legislation so as to remove the power of gas and electricty boards to require a local authority to discharge any outstanding arrears before the supply will be restored and further to allow for any unpaid account due from an owner in respect of expenses incurred by the local authority to be a charge on the land until payment; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg

My Department has received representations from the London boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham and Wandsworh about section 33 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976. I am not persuaded of their case for changing this legislation.