§ 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. 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?