§ SIR WALTER FOSTER (Derby, Ilkeston)
I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether his attention has been called to the defective water supply of the villages of Much and Little Urswick; whether there has been a Local Government Board Inquiry which disclosed defects in the water supply; and whether he can take any steps to remedy the same?
§ THE SECRETARY TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD (Mr. T. W. RUSSELL,) Tyrone, S.
The Local Government Board have been satisfied, as the result of local inquiries by their inspectors, that the villages of Great and Little Urswick are in need of a proper water supply. The villages, however, though forming part of the Ulverstone Rural District, are within the limits of supply of the Ulverstone Urban District Council. This and other exceptional features of the case have appeared to the Board to render it difficult for them to take compulsory action against the Rural Council. The Board, however, have urged the Rural Council to negotiate with the Urban Council for the necessary supply; and the Councils have been in communication on the subject. But the Board understand that there is objection by owners and ratepayers to the expenses, and apparently the Rural District Council are not taking further action in the matter.