HC Deb 21 June 1905 vol 147 cc1209-10

To ask the President of the Local Government Board whether his attention has been called to the fact that the water supply of Woolacombe, North Devon, has been condemned by the medical officer of health as unfit for drinking and all domestic purposes; whether any arrangements have been made for obtaining a fresh water supply; and whether any warning has been issued or will be issued to the inhabitants.And visitors, pointing out the danger to public health arising from the use of the present supply.

(Answered by Mr. Gerald Balfour.) My attention has been called to the unsatisfactory character of the water supply referred to. The Ilfracombe Urban District Council, within whose limits of supply Woolacombe is situate, propose to construct works in order to afford a new supply of water to that place. They have applied to the Local Government Beard for sanction to borrow money for the purpose, and a local inquiry has been held on the subject by one of the Board's inspectors. The inspector is now engaged See (4) Debates, cxxix., 852, on his report. I am unable to answer the last part of the Question.