§ MR. FISHER (Fulham)
I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether his attention has been directed to the failure (owing to an accident) of the Chelsea Water Company to supply water during 48 hours to the inhabitants of Fulham and to the inadequacy of the notice of such accident given by the company; and whether, looking to the extreme risk, through the bursting of boilers and otherwise, which is incurred by the inhabitants under such circumstances, he will direct an inquiry to be held into the cause of the accident and the nature of the notice given to those affected by it, with the view of pressing upon the Water Companies the best means of avoiding such accidents in future, or, in case of their occurrence, the speediest and most effective methods of warning the inhabitants whose supply is temporarily cut off?
§ MR. H. H. FOWLER
A communication was addressed by the Local Government Board to the Chelsea Water Company with reference to the temporary failure, owing to an accident, of the water supply to Fulham. The secretary of the company furnished an explanation similar to that in the letter which he addressed to The Times. The serious difficulty occasioned by the failure of the supply is much to be regretted. I do not think that any practical advantage would result from such an inquiry as is suggested.