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Water Supply

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons on 3rd May 1944.

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Photo of Mr Henry Willink Mr Henry Willink , Croydon North

There are far more parishes without sewerage than there are without water supply. A new feature of the proposed Bill is that sewerage is included, though it was not in the 1934 Act, and a particular point which will be of assistance is that we propose that no longer shall the cost be charged on the parish alone. We propose that the cost of sewerage schemes and water schemes, in so far as they are not paid by the actual users, shall no longer be a special charge on the parish but shall fall on the general rate of the district as a whole. This widening of the area of charge which we propose will bring all rural districts into line with those progressive districts which have availed themselves of the permissive powers in the Local Government Act, 1933, and have acted on the recommendation of the Rural District Councils Association.