Oral Answers to Questions — Public Utility Undertakings (War Damage).

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons on 29th May 1941.

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Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

This is a complicated matter, and a good deal of time has been needed for its examination. I have now framed the general lines of a scheme, but before I can usefully introduce legislation I shall need to assure myself of the practicability of certain aspects of it and to obtain information from representatives of public utility undertakings on a variety of technical matters, on which my present information is incomplete. I propose, therefore, next to ask representatives of the principal public utility groups to meet my advisers and assist me in some of these matters, and I will introduce legislation as soon as practicable thereafter. As the House will no doubt wish to be apprised of the outline of the scheme I have in mind, I will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate a short statement in the OFFICIAL REPORT. I need hardly say that the pending discussions will be entirely without prejudice to the right of the House to criticise and amend the proposals which I ultimately lay before it.