§ Mr. McGrady
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what consultation has been undertaken in relation to the proposed plans for the privatisation of the water service in Northern Ireland.
§ Mr. Atkins
[holding answer 17 March 1993]: There has been no formal consultation to date. However I have had representations from a number of district councils and the Northern Ireland Consumer Council. Privatisation will require legislation and the proposal for a draft Order in Council will be published for consultation in the normal way.