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I An" Outrages Clause." I LLANELLY AND SWANSEA WATER I COMPETITION Further consideration of the clauses of the Llanelly Water Bill occupied the, attention of a Committee of the House of Commons over which Mr C. D. Rose presided, on Thursday. Mr. Freeman, K.C., raised objection to the inclusion of a new clause which set forth that the Llanelly Urban Council "shall not, without the consent under seal of the Swan- sea Corporation, supply water within, or for use within, the counties of Glamorgan, and Brecon, and the corporation shall not, with- out the consent under seal of the council, supply water within, or for use within the county of Carmarthen." Counsel said that the water limits of Swansea were the borough of Swansea,, and Swansea had no powers out- side whatever. The only obligation they were under was an obligation put on them in relation to an Act of 1892 granting them a new source of supply, As a matter of fact, there were only two small places outside supplied by the Swansea Corporation. A more outrageous clause than the one under notice, counsel said, he had never met with. They were practically seeking to get a hold on three counties adjoining by reason of the fact that they were under obligation to supply two little places in the neighbourhood. Mr. Knox, K.O for the Swansea- Corpora- tion, said they were perfectly willing that this clause should be confined, so far as the county of Glamorgan, to those districts they I' were under an obligation to supply. Mr. Freeman said the Swansea Corporation were seeking to take advantage of a purely i permissive agreement, and to turn an obliga tion which rested on the corporation into a privilege for all time. This would prevent the local authorities in the two districts pri- marily concerned from either getting a fresh supply if they did not like that from Swan- sea, or from being able, to obtain by competi- tion more reasonable terms. Mr. Lewis, on behalf of the Llanelly Rural District Council, objected to the Llanelly Urban Council being allowed to exercise any rights outside its own limits of supply. He supported the object ms of Mr. Freeman. Mr. Knox said t'he clause had been agreed to as the result of negotiations between, the Llanelly Urban Coun d and the Swansea Cor- poration. He suggested that the clause should read: "The council shall not, without the consent under seal of the corporation, supply water within, or for use within. any district in the counties of Gl; morgan or Brecon for use wherein the corporation may, under Section 30 of the Swansea Corporation Water Act, 1892, be required to give a supply of water; and the corporation shall not, without the consent under seal of the council, supply water within or for use within, the county of Carmarthen." The Committee refused the clause. The consideration of the clauses was con- cluded on Friday, when the outstanding ¡ clauses of the measure were adjusted, and the Bill, as amended, was ordered to be re- ¡ ported to the House for third reading )

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