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Sewerage Charges

Volume 885: debated on Tuesday 28 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales when he expects the process of identification of Welsh properties in respect of which a sewerage rate is charged but no sewerage services are supplied to be completed; and whether he will make a statement.

The task of identifying properties which are not connected to public sewers lies with the district councils. Individual ratepayers, if their property has not been identified, will be entitled to claim relief.

asked the Secretary of State for Wales whether he will take steps to ensure that a uniform system, preferably one similar to that already adopted by the Severn-Trent Water Authority, is adopted by local authorities throughout Wales to enable domestic ratepayers who are subjected to a sewerage charge but receive no sewerage services to obtain the benefit of the 50 per cent. reduction in sewerage charges announced by him.

receiving between 0·9 and 1·5 ppm natural fluoride in drinking water.

I assume that my hon. Friend is referring to the optimal level of natural fluoride in drinking water, which is usually defined as one part per million plus or minus 0·1. There are very few sources of drinking water in Wales which contain natural fluoride—and none at the optimal level.

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish in the Official Report a list showing area health authorities together with a list of water authorities supplying them with drinking water, and indicate which water authorities are fluoridating their supplies.

A new Collection of Charges Order for 1975–76 shortly to be issued will apply uniform arrangements for the collection of the general service charge, including provision for obtaining the 50 per cent. relief.