§ COLONEL DAWNAY (York, N.R., Thirsk)
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, If his attention has been called to the action of the Chelsea Water Company, who have cut off the water supply from a house in Cadogan Street because it was derived from a pipe through an adjoining house, the tenant of which has not paid his water rate; whether he is aware that the Chelsea Company refuse to renew the water supply without payment of the arrears due by the late tenant of the adjoining house; and, whether he will take steps to prevent householders from being subjected to similar treatment by the London Water Companies in future?
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD (MR. RITCHIE) (Tower Hamlets, St. George's)
(who replied): The Board has no information respecting this case prior to notice of 882 the Question being given yesterday. At present I can only say that I have to-day communicated with the Chelsea Waterworks Company, and I am informed by them that the supplies to Nos. 10 and 12, Cadogan Street, have recently been withdrawn on due notice for non-payment of water rates; that each house had a separate supply from the road way, which was withdrawn in each case; that the tenant of No. 12, to which the Question refers, has not yet paid the statutory charges to entitle him to have the supply re-instated; and that it is on this account that the supply has not been renewed, and not, as the tenant states, because the arrears due by the late tenant of the joint house, No. 10, have not been paid.