§ Mr. Rhys Davies
asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware of the disparity in rate contribution between upland and river water authorities which militates against the extension of rural water supplies; and if he will make inquiries with the view of laying down a more realistic system for rating water authorities.
§ Mr. Bevan
I am not aware that the extension of rural water supplies has been hampered in the way suggested. I would, however, draw my hon. Friend's attention to the provisions of the Local Government Act, 1948, centralising the work of valuation for rating purposes which should result in a more uniform system of rating water undertakings throughout the country.