HC Deb 14 August 1919 vol 119 cc1610-1

asked the Minister of Health if inconvenience and danger to the health of the people have been caused by the holding up of the water scheme to supply the inhabitants of Recurdean Hill, Gloucestershire, with a supply of water; if for six months a dispute has existed between his Department and the local council whether cast-iron or galvanised iron pipes should be used; and if he will take steps to get the matter settled at once, so that the scheme can be proceeded with?


The Ministry are in communication with the council, from whom they received on the 22nd of July a revised estimate on which a loan could be sanctioned. The question of the use of galvanised iron pipes is to be considered at an early conference with the council.


Is the hon. Gentleman aware of the real danger to health through contaminated water which children will get to in this hot weather; as there is a water supply within forty yards of the neighbourhood not injured in any way by the soil, has he any objection to the laying of this pipe; and will he expedite matters, so that this evil may be removed?


I can assure my hon. Friend that no time will be lost. I sent word this morning to get the matter settled as soon as possible.