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Drinking Water

Volume 176: debated on Wednesday 11 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will introduce legislation to make mandatory the awarding of grant where the level of lead in drinking water of a privately owned house is above that set out in the European Community directive on the quality of water for human consumption.

We have at present no plans to alter the grant arrangements for replacement of lead plumbing. I shall, however, give this matter further consideration when I have the findings of a survey which the Scottish Development Department is currently undertaking of local authorities, new towns and Scottish Homes to establish the incidence of domestic lead plumbing in Scotland.