HC Deb 27 June 1950 vol 476 cc215-6W
Major Legge-Bourke

asked the Minister of Health if he will state, with regard to rural water schemes in England and Wales, the value of schemes submitted to him for approval; of schemes approved in principle, but not yet authorised to go to tender; of schemes authorised for commencement, but not yet completed; of schemes completed; of grants paid in respect of these schemes; and of grants promised, but not yet paid, in respect of schemes, respectively, up to the latest convenient date.

Mr. Bevan

The following details relate to the period from the end of the war to 31st May, 1950. Information of the value of rural water supply schemes actually completed during that period is not available.

(1) Value of all rural water schemes submitted for approval 52,712,228
(2) Value of schemes approved in principle but not yet authorised to go to tender 13,558,396
(3) Value of schemes authorised for commencement (completed and uncompleted) 17,359,554
(4) Grants promised finally or conditionally under the Rural Water Supplies and Sewerage Act, 1944 6,028,930
(5) Portion of (4) paid to 31st May, 1950 879,167

Colonel Stoddart-Scott

asked the Minister of Health if he has yet had an opportunity of considering the details of the scheme for providing the parishes in the Ripon and Patley rural district with piped water; if the scheme is practicable; and how long will it be before he makes a final decision.

Mr. Bevan

I am still waiting for certain information about this scheme from the rural district council. When I have received it I will consider whether a local investigation of the proposals by one of my inspectors should be made. I am unable to say when this further investigation will be possible.