HC Deb 22 July 1929 vol 230 cc939-40W

asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the growing shortage of water and the need for conserving the national water supplies, he will have a survey made of the actual and potential supplies of the country as a whole, with a view to their effective organisation and use?


A survey of potential supplies would involve a great amount of detailed investigation and would by itself be of doubtful value. The most practical course is the formation of more Advisory Regional Water Committees on the lines advocated in the booklet isuesd by my Department last October. By means of these committees not only the available supplies, but also the needs, of all the districts in the region can be ascertained and a definite policy recommended for meeting requirements over a long period. The findings of these committees can then be co-ordinated in the general interests and a national policy formulated.

Captain HALL

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that in many villages in Buckinghamshire there is difficulty in securing adequate water supplies; that in some parts of the parish of Seer Green the difficulty is especially acute and the waterworks company appears to be not only unwilling to provide an effective supply but makes heavy charges to persons who, unable to secure sufficient water on their own premises, are compelled to fetch water from their neighbours; and whether he will take all possible steps to secure an alleviation of the difficulties?


I have received a complaint as to the difficulty of obtaining an adequate supply of water for certain houses in the parish of Seer Green, and am inquiring into the matter.