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Water Rating (Committee's Report)

Volume 440: debated on Tuesday 22 July 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether it is intended to embody in future legislation the main recommendations of the Walker Committee's Report n Water Rating in Scotland; and if he will give an indication when such legislation may be introduced.

I am general agreement with the main recommendations in the Committee's Report, but I am not yet in a position to say when legislation can he introduced.

While expressing appreciation of the assurance which my right hon. Friend has given, may I ask him if he is aware that, while awaiting legislation, many or the local authorities in Scotland may still find themselves in financial difficulties if they proceed with the new water schemes which are so badly needed?