HC Deb 16 December 1937 vol 330 c1335
61 and 62. Mr. Levy

asked the Minister of Health (1) the number of areas in which the water supply is derived from chalk or similarly fissurated strata; whether he calls for analyses from these areas and at what intervals of time such are taken; and whether, as a safeguard against the effects of any unexpected contamination, he is prepared to order regular returned analyses, both chemical and bacteriological, to be made in such areas;

(2) whether he will direct that adequate purification should be installed in every area in which water is derived from chalk or similarly fissurated strata?

Sir K. Wood

Generally speaking, the areas depending on fissurated strata for water supplies are those in the eastern part of Lincolnshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire, and those south-east of a line drawn from King's Lynn to Bridport excluding large parts of Sussex and Kent. I am not empowered to call for analyses or to give directions as to the intervals at which they should be made, or as to the installation of purification plant. It is the statutory duty of water undertakers to provide wholesome water and the responsibility for taking the necessary steps for safeguarding the supply rests with them.

Mr. Levy

In view of the recent report and recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, and in the light of the most recent epidemic, will the right hon. Gentleman take steps to have these powers in order to remedy these defects?

Sir K. Wood

That matter is now being considered by the Central Advisory Water Committee.