HC Deb 07 August 1879 vol 249 cc413-4

asked the President of the Local Government Board, If his attention has been called to the insufficiency of the supply of water to the poor, and especially to the occupiers of artizans' and labourers' dwellings in the East London "Water Company's district; and, if he will cause an inquiry to be instituted with respect thereto, and also to the powers vested in the East London Water Company, by which it declines to deliver water at a greater height than forty feet, with a view to remedial measures being adopted?


, in reply, said, he had made inquiry into the subject, and had been informed that it was not the fact that any general complaint had been made by or on behalf of the poor people at the East End of London, with regard to an insufficient supply of water. Complaints had been made from time to time; but there had been none recently, so far as he was aware. A complaint had recently been made by the Improved Industrial Dwellings Company, that certain buildings which they had adapted for the poorer classes were not adequately supplied with water. The Water Company contended that the supply was actually in excess of the Parliamentary obligations under which they lay; and they also alleged that the Dwellings Company had declined to make arrangements suitable for the re- ception of the water. However that might be, certain it was that the East London Water Company were not bound to furnish water to a higher level than 40 feet.