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Water Service assets row reinforces demand for deferral of legislation

9 November, 2006


Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson, Mid Ulster MLA Francie Molloy has said that the revelation that Water Services may be retaining up to 130 properties 'identified for disposal but not yet sold' reinforces the demand for the deferment of the Water Charges legislation.

Mr Molloy said:

"Sinn Fein have raised concerns about the approach of successive British direct rule ministers to the issue of water charges and particularly the belief that Water Services is being prepared for privatisation.

"The revelation that Water Services may be retaining up to 130 properties 'identified for disposal but not yet sold' suggest that these are being held back in order to make privatisation more attractive.

"It also reinforces the demand for the so-called water reform legislation to be deferred in order to enable a future Executive and Assembly to make find a way forward. This is a position that all parties have endorsed within the Economic sub-committee of the 'Preparation for Government' committee at Stormont.

"This is also part of the wider 2010 agenda that raises a number of very serious issue, not least the underlying drive towards privatisation.

"Sinn Féin have made it absolutely clear that in the event of the sale of under utilized public land or buildings that all monies raised should be ring-fenced for use by the Executive and not go to the British Treasury." ENDS

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