§ Mr. Buchanan
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has for the provision of adequate pure water supplies throughout Scotland.
§ Mr. Ross
Under Section 8(1) of the Water (Scotland) Act, 1946, it is the duty of local authorities to provide a supply of wholesome water to every part of their districts where a supply is required for domestic purposes and can be provided at a reasonable cost. I am able to assist in appropriate cases by grants under the Rural Water Supplies and Sewerage Act. In Central Scotland I have already announced that it is the Government's intention to promote the reorganisation of the water service broadly on the lines recommended by the Scottish Water Advisory Committee, which will help to ensure that supplies are adequate to meet the growing demand for water.