§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will direct the Welsh National Water Development Authority to reconsider its policy of revising charges to industrial users of water into a minimum price basis, geared to rateable value, which has produced increases in water charges of 4,000 per cent in some instances; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. John Morris
No. In applying a minimum charge for metered consumers related to the equivalent rateable value charge for the premises concerned, the Authority is following the standard practice adopted throughout the water industry for many years. The National Water Council is now considering all aspects of water charge policy.