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Water Prices

Volume 98: debated on Wednesday 4 June 1986

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will set out the average increase in water prices for the domestic user in real terms for each of the last six years, in each of the English water authorities.

Increases in average household bills for unmeasured consumers, deflated by RPI, for the past six years are as follows:

£
1968–69250
1969–70249
1970–71249
1971–72262
1972–73277
1973–74278
1974–75†278
1975–76281
1976–77257
1977–78254
1978–79259
1979–80280
1980–81294
1981–82322
1982–83340
1983–84351
1984–85356
1985–86362
1986–87400
* Estimated average rate bills have been inflated to 1986–87 prices by using the retail prices index for April of each year.
† Figures up to 1973–74 are not comparable with those for 1974–75 and later years. This is due to the change in local authorities' responsibilities in 1974, in particular the transfer of water and sewerage services from local authorities to water authorities.