§ 11. Mr. Sidney Shephard
asked the Minister of Health how many rural water schemes are at present in course of being carried out; and how many have been approved but are awaiting permission to proceed.
§ Mr. Bevan
Since the end of the war, 1,730 rural water supply schemes have been authorised to proceed. I cannot state without individual inquiry how many of these schemes have been completed. In addition, to date, 199 schemes have been approved in outline. Thirty-three of these schemes have reached the stage at which the promoters have been authorised to call for tenders.
§ Mr. Shephard
Is it not a fact that many of these schemes which have been approved by the right hon. Gentleman's Department have been waiting for months for leave to proceed with the work? Would he not give an assurance that in the cases where labour and materials are available leave to proceed with these schemes shall be given forthwith?
§ Mr. J. H. Hare
Will the right hon. Gentleman do his utmost to make available greater supplies of piping which are 1434 the big drawback to the active prosecution of these schemes? Will he see that a high priority is given for supplies of piping for this purpose?