North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board (Wayleave Payments)

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th July 1965.

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Photo of Mr Bill Baker Mr Bill Baker , Banffshire 12:00 am, 14th July 1965

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board last increased its wayleave payments: what information he has as to how such payments, expressed in percentages, for the various categories, compare with payments made by electricity boards in England and Wales; and what are the total disbursements by the Board in this respect.

Photo of Mr William Ross Mr William Ross , Kilmarnock

The Board last increased its standard wayleave payments in 1959. These cannot be adequately compared in percentage terms with payments in England and Wales, but I shall, with permission, circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT a table showing the scales. In the year ended 31st March, 1965, the Board's payments in respect of wayleaves for transmission lines amounted to £4,500 and for distribution lines to £34,000.

Photo of Mr Bill Baker Mr Bill Baker , Banffshire

In view of the increased costs which farmers have to bear with the 6 per cent. rise in electricity charges in the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board's area, does not the right hon. Gentleman think that the North of Scotland Board should raise its wayleave payments in comparison with those of the South of Scotland Board?

Photo of Mr William Ross Mr William Ross , Kilmarnock

This is a matter for the commercial judgment of the Board itself and for negotiation between the Board and the interests concerned with wayleaves.

Following is the Table:

North of Scotland (From 15th May, 1959)England and Wales (Former Rates)England and Wales (New Rates)
Non-ArableArableNon-ArableCultivated GrasslandArableNon-ArableCultivated GrasslandArable
Under 10′ sq.50176408022050110320
10′ sq. to 12½′ sq.408026050110380
12½′ sq. to 15′ sq.50200408030050110440
15′ sq. to 17½′ sq.502507615637696216546
17½′ sq. to 20′ sq.7615642696216616
20′ sq. to 25′ sq.503007615647696216696
25′ sq. to 30′ sq.50400100220600126306876
30′ sq. to 35′ sq.1002207501263061096
35′ sq. to 40′ sq.5045015027010001903701460
40′ sq. to 45′ sq.15031012501904001660
45′ sq. to 50′ sq.20036016002504602120
50′ sq. to 55′ sq.20040019502505202580
55′ sq. and over20040023502505203120