§ 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 552 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.
§ Following is the list:
§ Parishes in the administrative county of Northampton without, or substantially without, piped water supplies.
|Brackley Rural District.|
|Brixworth Rural District.|
|Cold Ashby.||Marston Trussel.|
|Daventry Rural District|
|Everdon.||Stowe Nine Churches.|
|Kettering Rural District|
|Northampton Rural District.|
|Oundle and Thrapston Rural District.|
|Towcester Rural District|
|Pattishall.||Weston and Weedon.|
|Wellinborough Rural District.|
§ 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 554 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.