asked the Secretary of State for Wales whether he is aware that an increase of 135 per cent. has been recommended in the Conway Valley's water rate and that this proposed increase follows a high increase in the water rate charged for the current year; and what steps he proposes to take, by way of grant or otherwise, to alleviate the position of the Conway Valley ratepayers.
Yes. The Welsh National Water Development Authority has implemented a policy of equalisation of water charges which has resulted in larger increases in some parts of its area than would otherwise have occurred. The question of water charges is currently being examined by the Daniel Committee, whose report I am awaiting.