Electricity, Isles of Lewis and Harris

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th April 1952.

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Photo of Mr Malcolm Macmillan Mr Malcolm Macmillan , Na h-Eileanan an Iar 12:00 am, 29th April 1952

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when the work on the Hydro-Electric Board's distribution scheme for the lochs area of the Isle of Lewis is to begin; and if he will state the reasons for the delay in bringing electricity to the Isle of Harris.

Photo of Sir James Henderson-Stewart Sir James Henderson-Stewart , Fife East

I am informed by the Board that distribution to the lochs area will begin as soon as the supply of materials permits: and that work in Harris could only be expedited by diverting materials from other areas.

Photo of Mr Malcolm Macmillan Mr Malcolm Macmillan , Na h-Eileanan an Iar

Is the Under-Secretary aware that, in fact, the lines, poles and all the works going on on one side of the Island are only 300 yards away from the biggest lochs area village, and would it not be a double economy that while serving the west side the Board should try to attend to this other area at the same time?

Photo of Mr Michael Maitland Stewart Mr Michael Maitland Stewart , Fulham East

This is a matter which is now in the hands of the Board, and I will see that the hon. Gentleman's views are transferred to them.