Electricity (Supply) Act, 1919.

Oral Answers to Questions — India. – in the House of Commons on 6th April 1922.

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Photo of Mr William Greenwood Mr William Greenwood , Stockport

64.

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport if he will state the total estimated cost of the administration of the Electricity Commissioners' Department for the year ending 31st March, 1922; and whether he will consider the advisability of repealing Section 29 of the Electricity (Supply) Act, 1919, as the expense of the Electricity Commissioners levied on the undertakers under this Section is a direct tax on the electricity supply industry?

Photo of Mr Arthur Neal Mr Arthur Neal , Sheffield, Hillsborough

The cost for the year 1921–22 was approximately £44,000. The answer to the second part of the question is in the negative.

Photo of Mr William Greenwood Mr William Greenwood , Stockport

65.

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport whether a majority of the electricity supply undertakings in Lancashire have objected to setting up a joint electricity authority under the 1919 Act and have substituted a scheme for an advisory board only?

Photo of Mr Arthur Neal Mr Arthur Neal , Sheffield, Hillsborough

If my hon. Friend's question refers to the whole of Lancashire the answer is in the negative. In the West Lancashire district a Joint Electricity Authority is to be formed under a scheme submitted by the authorised undertakers. In Mid-Lancashire an inquiry has not yet been held, but alternative schemes have been submitted, one for the setting up of an Advisory Board and the other for constituting a Joint Electricity Authority. In South-East Lancashire proposals have been submitted by the undertakers to the Commissioners for the setting up of an Advisory Board, and these proposals are under consideration.

Photo of Mr Robert Waddington Mr Robert Waddington , Rossendale

In view of the importance of the Electricity Bill which has just passed the other House, and is shortly coming to this House, will the hon. Gentleman see that the report of the South-East Lancashire inquiry, issued by the Commissioners to the various authorities, is published for the benefit of Members of this House?

Photo of Mr Arthur Neal Mr Arthur Neal , Sheffield, Hillsborough

I should like to have notice of that question.

Photo of Mr William Greenwood Mr William Greenwood , Stockport

66.

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport whether he will consider the advisability of amending Section 19 of the Electricity Supply Act, 1919, so as to provide that the transitory powers of the Electricity Commissioners will cease where an advisory board scheme instead of a joint electricity authority has been set up in any electricity district?

Photo of Mr Arthur Neal Mr Arthur Neal , Sheffield, Hillsborough

I am advised that the powers mentioned may be of assistance to an Advisory Board, and I am therefore unable to recommend an alteration in the law in the sense indicated in the question.