§ 1. Mr. Braine
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what steps he is taking to remedy the shortage of water supplies in Essex; and whether he will make a statement.
§ 25. Mr. Ridsdale
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what steps he is taking to remedy the shortage of water supplies in north-east Essex; and whether he will make a statement.
§ The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Housing and Local Government (Mr. James MacColl)
The Essex water undertakers are doing all they can to develop local resources, but the remedy can come only partly from Essex. The Water Resources Board is now concluding an inquiry into water supplies throughout south-east England and will soon put forward recommendations for bringing water to Essex from elsewhere.
§ Mr. Braine
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the situation in south-east Essex will be grave by 1969 unless a new source of supply is found by 1972? This means that a start must be made now. In view of this, why is it that the water undertakers who have their plans all ready for this new source of supply have been told by the hon. Gentleman's Department to wait until the survey for the South-East is completed? Can the hon Gentleman say when the survey for the South-East will be completed?
§ Mr. Ridsdale
Will the hon. Gentleman give all the support he can to the Tendring Hundred Water Company and the other local authorities in the plan they have brought out which should go a long way towards meeting the requirements in north-east Essex?
§ Mr. Eldon Griffiths
Will the Parliamentary Secretary bear in mind that proposals to take water for north-east Essex from the county of west Suffolk is causing acute concern among farmers who are already paying a very high price for their water?
§ Mr. MacColl
That is why we have to have something like the Water Resources Board to arbitrate between the conflicting claims.