The Essex water undertakers are doing all they can to develop local resources, but the remedy can come only partly from Essex. The Water Resources Board is now concluding an inquiry into water supplies throughout south-east England and will soon put forward recommendations for bringing water to Essex from elsewhere.
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the situation in south-east Essex will be grave by 1969 unless a new source of supply is found by 1972? This means that a start must be made now. In view of this, why is it that the water undertakers who have their plans all ready for this new source of supply have been told by the hon. Gentleman's Department to wait until the survey for the South-East is completed? Can the hon Gentleman say when the survey for the South-East will be completed?
Will the hon. Gentleman give all the support he can to the Tendring Hundred Water Company and the other local authorities in the plan they have brought out which should go a long way towards meeting the requirements in north-east Essex?