HC Deb 15 May 1941 vol 371 cc1272-3W
Captain Lyons

asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the possibility of prolonged or intermittent spells of dry weather during the summer months, he is taking steps, in consultation with the Ministry of Home Security and the authorities concerned, to safeguard the water resources of the country in the interests of both national health and security, by insisting on the necessary conservation before it is too late?

Mr. E. Brown

Water authorities are fully aware of the great importance of Conservation of supplies. Their attention has been drawn specially to this matter. I have pointed out to them that in present circumstances, when it is not possible to estimate demands with the accuracy which is usual, it is more than ever necessary to avoid depletion of sup- plies by pumping more than is required, or by unduly drawing down impounded reserves.