§ 31. Sir R. THOMAS
asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that the sanitation of many rural districts is unsatisfactory; that local authorities are seldom able, for financial reasons, to exercise the powers they possess; that consequently the Public Health Act of 1878 is to this extent a dead letter; and whether he will introduce legislation to modify the Public Health Acts as they affect villages and afford local authorities financial help from the Exchequer?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of HEALTH (Sir Kingsley Wood)
The question raised by the hon. Member is at present, with other questions of local government, engaging the attention of the Royal Commission under the Chairmanship of Lord Onslow. My right hon. Friend must await the result of their deliberations, though he may say that he could hold out no hope of Exchequer assistance towards purely local obligations of this kind.
§ Sir R. THOMAS
Can the right hon. Gentleman state when those deliberations are likely to be made public?
§ Sir HENRY CAUTLEY
Are the Commission also considering the question of small villages with a water supply quite beyond their scope?
§ Mr. MARDY JONES
Is it not already part of the terms of reference of the Royal Commission on Local Government? Will they not deal with this question?