asked the Secretary of State for Scotland, in view of the number of potential consumers of electricity in Ross and Cromarty who are still unsupplied because of the substantial sums asked by the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board for connections, if he will take action, by legislation or otherwise, to help those people to get a supply.
I understand from the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board that, except for a small number of isolated areas, Ross and Cromarty is already connected but if the hon. Member has any particular cases in mind the Board will be glad to investigate.
The rate of connection charges is a matter for the Board, but any consumer can make representations to the Electricity Consultative Council about these charges. I am not contemplating action which would reduce their general level.
I most certainly agree with that. I understand that one of the areas concerned has been visited and that a report by the Board is available. I am willing to write to the hon. Gentleman about it.