Electricity Supplies (Connection Charges)

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th November 1966.

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Photo of Mr Alasdair Mackenzie Mr Alasdair Mackenzie , Ross and Cromarty 12:00 am, 9th November 1966

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.

Photo of Dr Dickson Mabon Dr Dickson Mabon , Greenock

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.

Photo of Mr Alasdair Mackenzie Mr Alasdair Mackenzie , Ross and Cromarty

Would the Under-Secretary agree that while most of Ross and Cromarty is already connected up that is no consolation to those who still have to go without? Will he do something to speed it up?

Photo of Dr Dickson Mabon Dr Dickson Mabon , Greenock

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.