Gas Supplies (Conversion Programme)

Oral Answers to Questions — Technology – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1 December 1969.

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Photo of Mr John Eden Mr John Eden , Bournemouth West 12:00, 1 December 1969

asked the Minister of Technology what assurances he has received from the Gas Council that there will be no interruption in supplies of gas to domestic consumers over the Christmas period due to the conversion programme.

Photo of Mr Harold Lever Mr Harold Lever , Manchester Cheetham

I am informed that the boards have arranged their programmes so as to avoid undertaking conversions during the Christmas week.

Photo of Mr John Eden Mr John Eden , Bournemouth West

I am glad to hear that that is so. But as so many people do not appear to be getting the promised advantages from increased efficiency and reduced prices, may I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether the future programme will be phased out over a much longer period?

Photo of Mr Harold Lever Mr Harold Lever , Manchester Cheetham

I do not accept the hon. Gentleman's assumptions. The Council has done its utmost to achieve this progress with the maximum convenience to consumers, and it will continue to do so.