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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 Robert Morrison Mr Robert Morrison , Tottenham North

I admit that the White Paper is an advance, but the rate of progress indicated and the definite steps that are to be taken are too slow and too long. They remind me of the famous music-hall turn of slow-motion boxing. The Minister himself mentioned what a long time this would take, but these are things which will not wait. They are most urgent. One does not want to be too pessimistic, but if the drought continues much longer it will be a serious matter. It was all right for the Minister to say the Metropolitan Water Board has not made any complaint yet. There are certain reasons in relation to the war situation why they should not be too anxious to tell the public the position. I was sorry the right hon. Gentleman trotted that out, as if the position was perfectly satisfactory.