§ Mr. Wade
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs, whether he will ask the inter-departmental inquiry which is examining the rating system to propose a solution to the problem which arises from the fact that water rates are based on the total rateable value of a 35W property, which may include a garage, even though that garage contains no water supply.
§ Mr. Corfield
No. Water rates are not rates as such but charges for water which for convenience are based upon rateable values. The system of charging for water was recently reviewed by a subcommittee of the Central' Advisory Water Committee and my right hon. Friend hopes soon to make a statement on its report.