HC Deb 03 August 1965 vol 717 cc269-70W
47. Sir B. Janner

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government whether, in view of the increasing difficulty in providing enough water throughout the country for domestic purposes and of the increased cost of providing water by means of barrage, desalination and other schemes, he will appoint a body of experts to report to him on the possibility of providing some more effective measure of water storage for individual houses, blocks of flats, farms and housing estates.

Mr. MacColl

Collection of rain water by the individual household has, in the past, been a useful way of obtaining a supply. But the quantities now used for domestic purposes are so large that this practice, even if universally adopted, could make only a marginal contribution to meeting water needs, especially in dry weather. The problem would be to secure adequate storage, which would be a very expensive matter for most people. In the circumstances, my right hon. Friend doubts whether an investigation such as my hon. Friend suggests would serve a useful purpose.