Cottages, South Dorset (Piped Water)

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th November 1964.

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Photo of Mr Evelyn King Mr Evelyn King , South Dorset 12:00 am, 24th November 1964

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government how many cottages in the South Dorset constituency have no piped water supply.

Photo of Mr James MacColl Mr James MacColl , Widnes

About 850. I am informed that many of them are likely to be connected to the mains within a year.

Photo of Mr Evelyn King Mr Evelyn King , South Dorset

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that there is in the countryside deep feeling on this matter; that of the many millions of £s the Government are spending on many peculiar projects they should devote the first one or two to seeing that every Englishman has an inalienable right to turn on a tap?

Photo of Mr James MacColl Mr James MacColl , Widnes

I hope that the hon. Gentleman will not think that I am labouring the obvious when I say that there has not been such an inalienable right for many years. It is not fair to blame us if, in the first month of our Administration, we have not succeeded in giving every rural household an individual water supply.