Mr. William O'Brien
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many domestic water customers in each of the last five years have been charged by meter; and how many such customers in each year have had their supply disconnected for non-payment of water bills.
§ Mr. Atkins
The water supplied to a property which is used solely for domestic purposes is not metered and is not subject to disconnection for non-payment of an account.
The water supply to a property which has mixed domestic and other use may be metered and would be subject to disconnection where an account remains unpaid. In 1992, 69 such supplies were disconnected. Information for this category for years prior to 1992 is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.