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Schemes (Grants)

Volume 481: debated on Wednesday 22 November 1950

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asked the Minister of Health how many water schemes in England and Wales have been approved, and how many completed, under the Rural Water Supplies and Sewerage Act, 1944; and what is the total amount of Government grant to date.

Grants under the Rural Water Supplies and Sewerage Act of 1944 have to 31st October, 1950, been promised finally or conditionally in 713 cases. The total amount so promised is £7,004,000, of which £1,166,000 has been paid. Information regarding the number of these schemes actually completed on 31st October is not readily available.

asked the Minister of Health how many water schemes in the county of Cumberland have been approved, and how many completed, under the Rural Water Supplies and Sewerage Act, 1944; and what is the total amount of the Government grant to date.

Grants under the Rural Water Supplies and Sewerage Act have, to 31st October, 1950, been promised finally or conditionally in nine cases. The total amount so promised is £16,300 of which £5,800 has been paid. I understand that three of the schemes in question have been completed.

asked the Minister of Health whether the scheme for providing water for a part of the county of Rutland from Leicester is to proceed; and whether he will give an assurance that, if sufficient water is not available from this source, he will sanction smaller schemes as an alternative.

The scheme has not yet been formally submitted to me and I understand that it is still being discussed by the interested authorities. It would, therefore, be premature for me to comment on possible alternatives.