§ 21. Mr. Macdonald
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what action he is taking to reduce the level of water rates in rural areas.
§ Sir Hector Monro
The level of water charges is a matter for water authorities. However grants are available under the Rural Water Supplies and Sewerage Acts 1944 to 1970 to assist capital expenditure by water authorities in rural areas. The effect can be to keep charge levels down.