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 authority||1979–80 £||1985–86 £||Percentage increase 1979–80 to 1985–86|
Percentage increase 1979–80 to 1985–86
|England and Wales (average)||41·98||85·85||105|
* Provisional figures.