HC Deb 01 May 1968 vol 763 c222W
Dr. John Dunwoody

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if he will refer the proposed new increased water rate to be charged by the South Cornwall Water Board to the National Board for Prices and Incomes.

Mr. Greenwood

No. I have no reason to suppose that the Board has disregarded the criteria for price increases laid down in the recent White Paper (Cmnd. 3590). This is the Board's first year of operation.

The establishment of a new undertaking involves initial expenditure, and also some costs have increased. At the same time the Board will be receiving much less than its predecessors from the general rate, and so the net effect on payers of general rate and water rate in the districts that have been contributing will be less than appears at first sight.