HC Deb 19 April 1955 vol 540 c12
22. Colonel Stoddart-Scott

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if he is aware of the shortage of water in the Ilkley Urban District Council's area owing to increased housing and improved sanitation; and whether he will authorise the scheme for the abstraction of water from the River Wharfe, as no other supply is available at the moment.

Mr. Sandys

The shortage is a potential and not an actual one, and I am advised that it might be avoided by further measures to reduce waste. However, if it is found impossible to deal with the problem in this way, I will certainly consider authorising the scheme.

Mr. H. Hynd

Can the Minister say whether Tory councils are responsible for this bad state of affairs?