Is the Minister aware that I am not suggesting the proposal? Will he consider that, due to the distance of Highland industries from the markets in the South, their prices tend to be inflated? Does he realise that if the Board were permitted to provide the industries with power at cost price, or at a preferential rate, it would help the industries to be more competitive with industry in other parts of the country with which the Highland industries have to compete?
No suggestion from my hon. Friend would ever go unconsidered by my right hon. Friend. I can assure him that the point is well taken. At the present time there is no evidence that the servicing of this loan is severely restricting the Board's activities. Any new hydroelectric scheme authorised would be capable of providing surplus funds other than what was required to meet its capital charges. I have no doubt that if it is possible for the forthcoming review to authorise further capital investment in rural distribution the Board will be able to carry this through without special help.