HC Deb 28 October 1952 vol 505 cc1712-3
4. Mr. G. Thomas

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government the number of villages in England and Wales, respectively, that have no water supply provided; and what steps he is taking to deal with this problem.

Mr. H. Macmillan

I regret that the information is not available, but every effort is being made to improve water supplies as rapidly as our resources permit.

Mr. Thomas

I wonder if it would inconvenience the Minister to give some indication of how many villages had a water supply made available to them either during the past year or the past few years?

Mr. Macmillan

If the hon. Gentleman would put down a Question in a slightly different form, I will do all I can to get him the information. "Villages" is not a territorial boundary within which we deal. We deal with "parishes" or "districts" or "councils." Could he have a word with me afterwards and I will do what I can to get him all the information at our disposal?