HC Deb 25 October 1955 vol 545 c3
3. Mr. Moss

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government whether he is aware of the shortage of water supplies in the village of Arley in the Meriden rural district in the county of Warwick; and what steps are being taken to provide a sufficient supply of piped water at adequate pressure, and to renew the pipes where these are incapable of containing the flow.

Mr. Deedes

The National Coal Board, which is at present responsible for supplying water to the village, and Nuneaton Corporation, who will become responsible in the future, has recently improved pressures by increasing supplies in local reservoirs, and certain mains have already been replaced. A major scheme is being carried out which will enable the corporation in some two years' time still further to increase supplies to the village.

Mr. Moss

Is the Minister aware of the urgency of this situation at Arley? Is he aware not only that inconvenience is caused to housewives but that agricultural and production and trading interests will suffer? Is he aware also that the Nuneaton Co-operative Society has to carry water to Arley over a distance of five miles in churns?

Mr. Deedes

We are aware of that. The reservoir which was opened last month should give immediate assistance, but the scheme which will be completed in two years time should, I think, provide the final answer.