HC Deb 16 March 1977 vol 928 c199W
55. Mr. Evelyn King

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if, in the light of overspending by the Thames Water Authority, he will impose on all water authorities an obligation to make a return to him indicating the cost to ratepayers of cheap mortgages, motor cars etc. enjoyed by staff.

Mr. Denis Howell

Some payments by Thames Water Authority are being scrutinised by district audit: it would not be proper for me to comment on these. More generally, such matters are primarily for the regional water authorities to decide and to justify. I have drawn to their attention the need to exercise restraint.