HC Deb 02 December 1981 vol 14 cc168-9W
51. Mr. Bidwell

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make additional resources available for the renewal and replacement of the water system and the services connected with it to avoid further deterioration.

Mr. Giles Shaw

Within the framework of the Government's overall economic objectives, the resources to be devoted to water services in the years ahead will be determined by need, based on a realistic assessment of water authority plans. We are fully aware of the importance of maintaining the present infrastructure at a satisfactory level.