asked the Secretary of State for Wales what is the average water rate levied in (i) the Welsh water authority area and, (ii) Wales as a whole; and by how much those rates have increased in real terms since 1979.
I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer provided by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Environment, the Member for Sutton and Cheam (Mr. Macfarlane) on 17 May 1985 at columns 249–50. The information provided there was in respect of the Welsh water authority's areas, but information for Wales as a whole is not readily available.
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what was the increase in average water rates in the area of the Welsh water authority in 1985–86 over 1984–85.
The increase in the average household water bill in the area of the Welsh water authority in 1985–86 over 1984–85 is £11·14.