Electricity Charges.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport. – in the House of Commons on 12th February 1941.

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Photo of Mr Pierse Loftus Mr Pierse Loftus , Lowestoft

asked the Minister of Transport whether, with a view to encouraging the rebuilding in small country towns of factories destroyed by enemy action in large cities, he will consider the reorganisation of the electric supply industry on a national basis, so that the charge for electric power will be uniform throughout the whole country?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel John Moore-Brabazon Lieut-Colonel John Moore-Brabazon , Wallasey

It would not be practicable to undertake a reorganisation of such magnitude during the war.

Photo of Mr Pierse Loftus Mr Pierse Loftus , Lowestoft

Does not my right hon. and gallant Friend agree that decentralisation of industry will be impossible so long as certain towns are charged eight and ten times as much for electricity as other towns?

Photo of Mr James Griffiths Mr James Griffiths , Llanelly

Is the increased charge for electricity due to the price of coal?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel John Moore-Brabazon Lieut-Colonel John Moore-Brabazon , Wallasey

The increased charges can only be partly attri- buted to the increases in the price of coal. There are other factors, such as repairs, which come into it.

Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

Is the Minister aware that the price of electricity from local authorities is very much below that of other suppliers?