HC Deb 03 May 1971 vol 816 cc275-6W
Mr. Skeet

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment to what extent statutory water undertakings grant rebates on water rates; and whether he will bring in a Bill to permit them all to do so, in particular for the benefit of pensioners.

Mr. Graham Page

Out of 163 water undertakers in England I understand six have a permissive power to remit or reduce the charge they make for water on the ground of poverty. The power is hardly ever used. My right hon. Friend has no plans to introduce legislation in this connection. Where supplementary benefit is paid any charge for water is taken into account.