HC Deb 19 December 1975 vol 902 cc900-1W
Mr. Gwynfor Evans

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish in the Official Report the estimated average water and sewerage payment for 1975–76 made by (a) domestic ratepayers and (b) consumers of measured water supplies in each Welsh authority area in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Denis Howell

(a) The estimated average payments in 1975–76 by domestic ratepayers in England and Wales for water and general services, including

sewerage, supplied by water authorities are as follows:

Water Authority Water Supply General Services Sum
£ £ £
North West 13.60 11.68 25.28
Northumbrian 13.99 9.73 23.72
Severn-Trent 12.48 13.80 26.28
Yorkshire 12.68 11.96 24.64
Anglian 12.79 17.61 30.40
Thames 10.97 11.06 22.03
Southern 14.63 20.79 35.42
Wessex 13.50 17.81 31.31
South West 16.60 18.70 35.30
WNWDA 19.20 16.20 35.40

(b) I cannot offer any estimate for the average payment made by consumers of measured water, but the estimated average rates of charge per thousand gallons are as follows:

Water Authority Rate of Charge
North West 42.5
Northumbrian 37.85
Severn-Trent 44.1
Yorkshire 40.9
Anglian 39.5
Thames 35.0
Southern 43.2
Wessex 39.6
South West 48.7
WNWDA 50.0

I have no information relating to average payments or rates of charge in other parts of the United Kingdom.

Mr. Peter Mills

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what general guidance over refunds he will give to local authorities in the South-West of England now that the test case over sewerage charges has been decided.

Mr. Denis Howell

I would refer the hon. Member to my right hon. Friend's reply to the hon. Member for Ely (Mr. Freud) on 18th December.—[Vol. 902, c.740–1.]