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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 John Leslie Mr John Leslie , Sedgefield

I am glad the Government have at long last taken up this question of water supply, and I hope they have taken it up seriously. I have on several occasions had to approach the Ministry of Health about the inadequate water supply in my constituency. Munition factories and military camps have aggravated the situation, so much so that, for domestic purposes, water has had to be taken from the mines. Naturally, there was an outcry over the quality of the water and it took a long time to improve it, but in the interval there were complaints all over the district about burst pipes. Again, in rural areas farmers have complained that, with the inadequate supply, they have been unable to produce the milk they were called upon to produce, or to clean their utensils. They were tossed about from the Ministry of Agriculture to the Ministry of Health, back to the Ministry of Agriculture and back again to the Ministry of Health. I hope that that will be stopped and that some Minister will take it over and see that the rural areas get an adequate supply. In view of the importance of agricultural production, I hope that no time will be lost in making ample provision for the rural areas. The matter is urgent, and steps should be taken without delay. The reason so far given against it, is the lack of labour and material, but plans should be ready and, as soon as labour and material are available, we should get on with the job.