HC Deb 11 May 1950 vol 475 c557
74. Mr. John Grimston

asked the Minister of Health from where it is proposed to draw the water that will eventually be needed by the new towns in Hertfordshire when the present sources of supply prove inadequate.

Mr. Bevan

The responsible undertakers have not submitted any proposals for new sources to me, but I understand that the existing sources are likely to be adequate for some time to come.

Mr. Grimston

Is the Minister aware that supplies of underground water are certain to run out with all the new towns that are being planned, and that it will not be very sensible to build these towns without any water?

Mr. Bevan

If any new towns are being built we shall be concerned to see that water is available before we build them.

Mr. Walker-Smith

Is it not a fact that new towns were sited in Hertfordshire without sufficient regard being paid to ascertaining whether or not satisfactory water supplies were available?

Mr. Bevan

I cannot accept that statement, because water surveys have been almost completed throughout the country for the first time.