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Daniel Report

Volume 20: debated on Tuesday 16 March 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will update tables 12 and 14 of the Daniel report of 1975 to take account of the effects of the equalisation of water charges.

It is not possible to update these tables, because the methods of charging for measured supplies of water have changed considerably since the tables were published. All authorities now impose a two-part tariff—a standing charge according to the size of the meter which is related to the fixed costs of providing the supply—and a charge per thousand gallons consumed. Because of the many possible variations of the standing charge, it is not practicable to calculate a meaningful average charge.