HC Deb 29 June 1950 vol 476 cc2441-2
32. Mr. Manningham-Buller

asked the Minister of Health the number of sewerage schemes for Northamptonshire which have been deferred on his instructions; the number of parishes affected by such deferment; and the total anticipated cost of the schemes deferred.

Mr. Bevan

It is not possible for nine schemes affecting 13 parishes and entailing an estimated cost of £193,719 to be proceeded with without affecting the progress of other schemes of greater urgency. I would remind the hon. and learned Member that in the county a much greater volume of sewerage work has already been approved and is in progress.

Mr. Manningham-Buller

Can the right hon. Gentleman give an assurance that a piped water supply will not arrive before the completion of the sewerage scheme in any of these parishes? Otherwise, great difficulties will ensue?

Mr. Bevan

There is reasonable adjustment in these things, but one has to remember that a water supply is, of course, a first necessity.

Mr. Harmar Nicholls

Would the Minister consider giving approval to sewerage extension schemes that were started before the war? Is he aware of the position in the City of Peterborough, where £90,000 was spent on beginning a sewerage scheme which, as it has not been approved, cannot be completed?

Mr. Bevan

That is an entirely different question. If the hon. Member would put it down I will endeavour to give him a precise reply.