HC Deb 26 June 1956 vol 555 cc247-8
35. Mr. J. Johnson

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government whether he will give further details of the Amble Urban District Council water supply scheme for the village of Radcliffe, Northumberland.

Mr. Powell

The scheme submitted by the Amble U.D.C. would enable it to give bulk supplies outside its district, including a supply for that part of the Alnwick rural district in which Radcliffe lies. However—and this corrects what I regret was an error in my reply to the hon. Member on 19th June—it would be for the rural district council to decide what places should be served and to prepare a scheme accordingly, and no scheme for supplying Radcliffe has been submitted.

Mr. Johnson

Is the Minister aware that, unless this scheme materialises, this village, which contains at least 200 miners—which, incidentally, was my birthplace—will decay? Will he give the utmost sympathy to any schemes which come before him in future?

Mr. Powell

The initiative lies with the rural district council, but anything which it puts forward will be carefully considered.

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