I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether he has received a petition from certain burgesses of the borough of West Ham, stating that, owing to the negligence of the East London Water Company in not causing their mains to be repaired, the direct supply of water is still cut off, and the public health thereby endangered, owing to the accumulation of sewage matter; and whether he can take any steps to compel the Company to fulfil their statutory obligations?
I have received the petition referred to in the question, and I have communicated with the East London Waterworks Company with regard to it. I am informed that the road in which the petitioners reside is now supplied with water, the repairs to the pipes having been completed on Thursday last.
asked whether the right hon. Gentleman was aware that in various other localities of West Ham the same complaint was made, that for three months less one week the water supply had been cut off.
I believe that was so; but I have no power to enforce proceedings.