HC Deb 06 March 1945 vol 408 cc1841-2W
Mr. Price

asked the Minister of Health what is the present estimated expenditure on scientific research by water undertakings in Great Britain; whether they make any contribution to the Water Pollution Research Laboratory; what research stations of their own are maintained; and whether he anticipates that such research work will be increased under the provisions of the Water Bill now before the House.

Mr. Willink

I regret that I have no detailed information on the subject of the first part of the Question; the answer to the second part is "No, Sir"; with regard to the third part, a number of the larger undertakings have laboratories where they carry out experiments in connection with local water supply difficulties, the cost of which is included in the general expenses of carrying on the undertaking; with regard to the last part of the Question, Section77 of the Third Schedule of the Water Bill will, when applied to a water company, enable it to make contributions for furthering research where is has not that power at present.