HC Deb 28 November 1980 vol 994 c203W
Mr. Kilroy-Silk

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment why he has no plans to amend the Water Act 1973 so as to provide water authorities with the power to grant rate relief to charitable bodies.

Mr. Fox

Financial relief to charities is provided through the taxation system. Water authorities' charges, unlike, for example, general rates, are not a tax but a price for services provided.