HC Deb 02 April 1940 vol 359 cc14-5
22. Mr. Stephen (for Mr. Malcolm MacMillan)

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware that the problem of the threat to the health of, and the inconvenience to, the people of Banavie, near Fort William, caused by the unsuitable water supply, of which he was made aware by the hon. Member for the Western Isles, and others, several months ago, has become even more urgent; and what early action he proposes to take?

Mr. Colville

I understand that the county council of Inverness are actively considering the extension of the Corpach water supply to both Lower and Upper Banavie. I shall keep the hon. Member in touch with developments.

Mr. Kirkwood

Is the right hon. Gentleman not aware that the conditions in Banavie are a scandal, and that the people have to rely on the Caledonian Canal for drinking water?

Mr. Colville

I hope that, arising out of what has happened just now, the existing conditions will be remedied.

Mr. Stephen

Will the Minister see that this matter is taken in hand at once in order that something may be done quickly to remedy these conditions?

Mr. Colville

The local authorities whose responsibility this is, are attempting to find the best way of dealing with it and I have done my best to expedite matters.

Sir Murdoch MacDonald

Is my right hon. Friend prepared to authorise the loan for which the county council of Inverness have asked, of £375 to meet the circumstances of this case?

Mr. Colville

That is part of what is under consideration at the moment.