§ Mr. Morgan
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what has been the average percentage increase in the water rates levied upon domestic consumers (a) in 520W Wales generally and (b) in the County of Clywd since 1975.
§ Mr. Alec Jones
The Welsh Water Authority equalised water charges levied on domestic consumers throughout their area on 1st April 1975, so the charge applying to its area generally also applied to the County of Clwyd. Charges between 1975 and 1978 rose to a peak in 1977 which was 32.5 per cent. above 1975; fell by 10.4 per cent. between 1977 and 1978; and are now 18.7 per cent. above 1975.