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Water Rates

Volume 79: debated on Friday 17 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the average water rate levied in each water authority area and in the United Kingdom as a whole; and by how much those rates have increased in real terms since 1979.

This information is set out in the table in respect of water authorities in England and Wales. For the rest of the United Kingdom, I will ask the Secretaries of State for Scotland and for Northern Ireland to write to the hon. Member.

Water service charges England and Wales 1979–80 compared to 1985–86 Average household bill for water services
Water authority1979–80 £1985–86 £Percentage increase 1979–80 to 1985–86
North West37·9077·57105
Northumbrian33·9480·38137
Severn-Trent40·5176·1688
Yorkshire39·3682·30109
Anglian48·83105·98117
Thames38·6280·75109
Southern43·8091·72109
Wessex57·2295·3567
South West54·57104·5992
England (average)41·4784·56104
Welsh49·08103·91112

Water authority

1979–80 £

1985–86 £

Percentage increase 1979–80 to 1985–86

England and Wales (average)41·9885·85105
RPI (March)210·6366·174

* Provisional figures.