HC Deb 28 March 1946 vol 421 cc551-4
4. Mr. Mitchison

asked the Minister of Health how many and which parishes in each rural district of the administrative county of Northampton are without a pressure piped water supply; to what extent the lack of such a supply, suitable for use in connection with domestic boilers and ranges, will delay the provision or occupation of new houses in the Brixworth Rural District; and whether he is satisfied with the water supply in that and other rural parts of the Kettering division pending the completion of the proposed Pitsford reservoir.

Mr. Bevan

With permission, I will circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT a list of the 115 parishes in the county which are without, or substantially without, piped water supplies. I understand that the first instalment of the Brixworth Rural District Council's housing programme will be provided in eight parishes which already have piped supplies, or will be supplied by a scheme for which the council have obtained tenders, and that there should be no delay in the provision of the houses by reason of lack of water supply. Other schemes prepared or in course of preparation should result in the early provision of piped supplies pending the construction of the Pitsford reservoir, but I am not satisfied with existing conditions in the areas mentioned, and I am, therefore, arranging for the matter to be considered with the responsible authorities.

Mr. Mitchison

May I give notice that I propose to raise this Question on the Adjournment?

Following is the list:

Parishes in the administrative county of Northampton without, or substantially without, piped water supplies.

Brackley Rural District.
Boddington. Middleton Cheney
Chacombe. Moreton Pinkney.
Chipping Warden. Radstone.
Culworth. Sulgrave.
Edgcote. Syresham.
Eydon. Thenford.
Farthinghoe. Thorpe Mandeville.
Helmdon. Warkworth.
Kings Sutton.
Brixworth Rural District.
Clipston. Maid well.
Cold Ashby. Marston Trussel.
Draughton. Naseby.
East Farndon. Old.
Great Oxendon. Ravensthorpe.
Guilsborough. Scaldwell.
Hannington. Sibbertoft.
Haselbech. Sulby.
Holcot. Thornby.
Holdenby. Walgrave.
Hollowell. Welford.
Daventry Rural District
Brockhall. Fawsley.
Canons Ashby. Hellidon.
Catesby. Preston Capes.
Elkington. Stanford.
Everdon. Stowe Nine Churches.
Kettering Rural District
Ashley. Geddington.
Brampton Ash. Weldon.
Braybrooke. Oakley.
Dingley. Newton.
Stoke Albany. Harrington.
Sutton Bassett. Loddington.
Weston-by-Welland. Orton.
Wilbarston. Cransley.
Northampton Rural District.
Bugbrooke. Great Houghton.
Cogenhoe. Milton.
Collingtree. Quinton.
Hackleton. Rothersthorpe.
Oundle and Thrapston Rural District.
Collyweston. Southwick.
Duddington. Stoke Doyle.
Wakerley. Pilton.
Harringworth. Wadenhoe.
Laxton. Thorpe Achurch.
Blatherwycke. Aldwincle.
Bulwick. Sudborough.
Deene. Chelveston.
Deenethorpe. Cotterstock.
Fineshade. Tansor.
Glapthorn. Woodnewton.
Nassington Yarwell.
Towcester Rural District
Ads tone. Slapton.
Blisworth. Stoke Bruerne.
Bradden. Tiffield.
Grafton Regis. Wappenham.
Pattishall. Weston and Weedon.
Shutlanger. Woodend.
Wellinborough Rural District.
Bozeat. Mears Ashby.
Strixton. Newton Bromshold.
Great Harrowden.
5. Mr. Mitchison

asked the Minister of Health whether he is satisfied that a water supply for domestic, industrial and agricultural purposes, adequate to meet the actual and prospective needs of Kettering and adjacent rural areas, can be provided by the action or co-ordinated action of local authorities; and what steps he proposes to take to organise water supply on a regional or national basis and under regional or national authority.

Mr. Bevan

I have no doubt that it is feasible to obtain sufficient supplies for all purposes in the areas mentioned, and I am considering the extent to which co-ordinated action by the responsible authorities is desirable. It is my policy o secure the consideration of water fsupply problems over wide areas and joint action by water undertakers where this is required in the best interests of water supplies, but subject to this there is no present intention of removing the responsibility from the local authorities and water undertakers.

Mr. Mitchison

May I give a like notice to that which I gave on the previous Question?