Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Piped Water and Baths in Houses.


asked the Minister for Local Government the latest available statistics on the percentage of dwellings (a) with piped water inside the dwellings and (b) with baths in (i) the Republic of Ireland and (ii) in the United Kingdom.

The latest available information in the United Nations Annual Statistical Yearbook, 1965, in relation to this country is that obtained from the Census of Population which was taken on 9th April, 1961. According to the Census, 51 per cent of the 676,402 dwellings then existing had piped water inside the dwellings and 33.2 per cent had the use of a fixed bath. Almost all of the 65,000 dwellings built since then are fully serviced. In addition, grants have been paid for the installation of piped water in a further 33,000 dwellings. The number of these grants allocated in 1967-68 was about 10,000.

Corresponding particulars for the United Kingdom are not available.

In 1961, 77.2 per cent of dwellings in the United Kingdom had the use of a fixed bath.