HC Deb 07 April 1976 vol 909 cc179-80W
Mr. Evelyn King

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will take steps to limit the expenditure of the governing bodies of water and sewerage authorities.

Mr. Denis Howell

It is for each water authority to decide what levels of expenditure are necessary to meet their statutory obligations. My right hon. Friend does, however, approve the programme of capital expenditure to be undertaken by each water authority, and that expenditure is subject to current restraints on public expenditure generally. It is, of course, essential that the provision of water and sewerage services should as far as possible correspond to the needs of housing and industrial development and public health.