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Water Conservation

Volume 958: debated on Monday 20 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what assistance his Department has given to those local authorities wishing to implement schemes to conserve water since mid–1976.

The only scheme serving a conservation purpose for which grant has been paid by my Department since 1976 is the Northumbrian Water authority's Kielder water scheme, which qualifies for assistance under section 7 of the Local Employment Act 1972 to the extent that it makes provision for the county council for each of the years 1973–74 to 1977–78 and the latest figures for 1978–79, together with the estimated value of the grant, in each of the years related to 1973–74 prices, and the proportion of the county's total expenditure this represented are as follows:future needs of industry. Payments exceeding £10 million have been made to date, of which more than half relate to the storage element of the scheme.