HC Deb 11 April 1933 vol 276 cc2370-1
39. Mr. T. WILLIAMS (for Mr. HICKS)

asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that the water supplied by Norton, East Riding, to Malton had been recently declared by the Malton medical officer to be unfit for human consumption; and what steps are being taken by the local authority concerned to ensure a wholesome and reasonable supply of water to the inhabitants of Malton?


A single sample of the water supplied by Norton to Malton was found on analysis to be unsatisfactory and the supply was discontinued. Subsequent tests by three independent analysts showed the water to be satisfactory, and the supply has now been resumed. The arrangements between the two councils are temporary only, and my right hon. Friend is informed by the Malton Council that they will at an early date submit to him a scheme for a permanent supply.


Is the hon. Gentleman aware that in tins district, where there have been 25 deaths and three very bad cases of fever, the people are terri- fied and are all collecting water from a pump in the brewery yard? Does he not think that he ought to try to persuade the local authority to take action in the matter?


I can assure my hon. Friend that we have had frequent consultations with the local authority in order to decide which of the three is the best water.