HC Deb 03 April 1974 vol 871 c368W
89. Mr. Michael Marshall

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received regarding the Southern Water Authority's precept for 1974-75; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Denis Howell

I have received representations about the increases in charges. These require no ministerial approval but I understand that, in fixing them, the authority took account of advice published by the previous administration, whose policies are largely responsible for these increases. I regret that I have no power to intervene.