Electricity Charges

Oral Answers to Questions — Fuel and Power – in the House of Commons on 8th September 1942.

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Photo of Sir Adrian Baillie Sir Adrian Baillie , Tonbridge

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he is aware of the continued waste of electricity resulting from agreements which provide for minimum charges; and whether some arrangements can be made whereby any difference between the charge for electricity actually consumed and the minimum charge will be shared equally by the supplying company and the consumer whose patriotism has resulted in the consumption being less than the minimum?

Major Lloyd George:

I am aware of a considerable volume of complaint from consumers who, having reduced their consumption, find themselves called on to pay a minimum charge. I have been giving this matter careful consideration, in consultation with the industry, and hope to make an announcement on the subject very shortly.

Photo of Mr George Ridley Mr George Ridley , Clay Cross

Is my right hon. and gallant Friend aware that the arrangement referred to in the Question is designed to encourage the consumption of electricity and that its continuance now means that the much needed economy in consumption does not result in an economy to the consumer, as is the case in every other commodity?

Major Lloyd George:

I am aware of that, but there are great difficulties attached to this question, particularly as these charges are often statutory and are made in order to pay for installations and so forth, but I hope shortly to come to a solution.