HC Deb 10 December 1980 vol 995 cc402-3W
Mr. McWilliam

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he intends to amend the water charge regulations to enable full rate relief under the Rating (Disabled Persons) Act 1978 to be granted.

Mr. Fox

We have no plans to do so. The rating system and water charges are basically different in that rates are a tax and may be reasonably rebated for particular categories of hardship whereas water services charges are a price for a service provided.