HC Deb 15 April 1875 vol 223 c974

asked the President of the Local Government Board, Whether, having in view the inadequate supply of water for drinking and other purposes in many towns, rural villages, and districts throughout the Country, Her Majesty's Government are prepared during the present Session with any measure to remedy this evil; and, if not, whether the Government will consent to an inquiry into the subject by a Royal Commission, for the purpose of ascertaining the wants of various rural districts, and the best method of storing water where needed?


I stated very recently, in reply to a Question addressed to me in this House, what new powers and facilities in respect of water supply were proposed to be conferred by the Public Health Bill of this Session. The Government have no further legislation to propose on the subject at present. In reply to my hon. Friend's further Question as to a Royal Commission, the Government have not yet had time for its consideration. In considering it their object would be to adopt such a course as might lead to a practical conclusion with the least delay.