I am sending the hon. Member a copy of a recent Electricity Council Press release giving details of increased rates which were introduced from 1st April this year, after discussions between the boards and the Country Landowners' Association and the National Farmers' Union. As the Press release states, the parties have agreed to conduct an immediate joint investigation to see whether further revision is now necessary.
I thank the Minister for his reply and the information that there will be increases. Will he bear in mind that the most important difficulty relates to the siting of these poles and pylons and that what is needed is a little thought and the placing of them in hedgerows and places where they do not interfere with agricultural land? Is he aware that this has not been done in the past? Will he look into the matter to see what can be done to take the poles and pylons out of the fields and put them in the hedgerows?
I heard about that accident and I am sorry about it. I do not think that I can form an opinion about it now. As I have said, discussions are taking place now, and all relevant matters concerning safety will be discussed with the appropriate authority.