HC Deb 06 July 1933 vol 280 cc491-2

asked the Minister of Health whether he has considered the petition sent to him signed by a number of inhabitants of the village and parish of Llanarmon-in-Yale, in the rural district of Ruthin, in the county of Denbigh, drawing his attention to the lack of a public water supply in the village; whether he is aware that the medical officer of the Ruthin Rural District Council has on more than one occasion called the attention of his council to the necessity of dealing with the matter; and whether, having regard to the menace to health in the district, he will consider what steps can be taken for the provision of an adequate water supply?


I have communicated with the rural district council on complaints received as to water supply in this parish. They are investigating the complaints, in consultation with the parish council and the petitioners, and I am now waiting to hear from them. I shall keep in touch with the council.


Since a number of the councils in these areas are not doing justice to the rural water supply, will the right hon. Gentleman consider taking powers to compel them to do that which is necessary in regard to the matter?


My hon. Friend knows that I have recently addressed a circular to the authorities in question on this matter, and I think we must await the result of that effort before we contemplate any further action.


Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether this matter has not been under the consideration of the rural district council for a very considerable time and that they have made no move, notwithstanding a good deal of pressure from their own medical officer?


I would not care to pronounce an opinion about the deficiency or otherwise of action in the past. I can only say that at the present time the matter is occupying their active attention.