HC Deb 31 July 1974 vol 878 c304W
Sir J. Langford-Holt

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) whether he has considered the abolition of a fixed minimum for water rate and its replacement by a charge by quantity; and what conclusions he has reached;

(2) if he will consider plans to encourage water saving by financial inducement in view of the present lack of such inducement.

Mr. Denis Howell

The future basis of charging for water supplies is the subject of a study set up by my Department last year. I shall consider whether any changes in present charging methods are necessary when the study is completed but, as I said in reply to a Question by my hon. Friend the Member for Ormskirk (Mr. Kilroy-Silk) on 9th May, I shall not be easily persuaded that it is right to oblige a householder to pay by meter for a supply for ordinary domestic purposes.