Undertakings (Amalgamations)

Oral Answers to Questions — Water Supplies – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11 November 1948.

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Photo of Sir Gifford Fox Sir Gifford Fox , Henley 12:00, 11 November 1948

asked the Minister of Health what steps have been taken by his Department since the enactment of the Water Act, 1945, to assist amalgamations of water undertakings; and whether he has any new plans for accelerating developments of this character.

Photo of Mr Aneurin Bevan Mr Aneurin Bevan , Ebbw Vale

As the first stage, detailed surveys are being made by my engineering inspectors throughout the country. Fourteen surveys have been completed, and seven are in progress, which, together, will cover the greater part of the country. The action to be taken by my Department is being considered in the light of the information revealed by these surveys.

Photo of Sir Gifford Fox Sir Gifford Fox , Henley

Is the Minister aware that, until these surveys are completed, a great many people in rural areas are unable to get water?

Photo of Mr Aneurin Bevan Mr Aneurin Bevan , Ebbw Vale

As the hon. and gallant Member knows, a very large number of additional services are being established in rural areas even now. Had these surveys been made many years ago, the people concerned would have had the water long before this.