Mr Edward Porter: I have been a member of a local authority for a few years, and I have also been a member of the National Housing Committee organised by the Association of Municipal Corporations. In view of experience of housing questions under local authorities, the probabilities are that the Minister will not accept the Amendment. These are a few of the things we had to experience after the last war. In the...
Mr Edward Porter: So far as I am concerned, the local authority.
Mr Edward Porter: Whatever takes place in other parts of the country does not necessarily take place in Lancashire, and every housing authority, to protect the ratepayers, is compelled to appoint not only building inspectors but sanitary inspectors as well. I sincerely hope the Opposition's Amendment will not be pressed, because if it was accepted it would mean that local authorities would be left high and...
Mr Edward Porter: I will conclude by appealing once more to the Minister not to accept this Amendment under any circumstances, if he wants to see houses built as they ought to be built.
Mr Edward Porter: I am afraid I do not understand the Opposition in their attempt to be real so far as this discussion is concerned. I have to confess that I am looking at this question from the standpoint of bitter personal experience as a trade union official. I want to be helpful, but my experience leads me to say, very definitely, that I have yet to find a group of employers who are sincere for the welfare...
Mr Edward Porter: Why does the right hon. Gentleman ask if he knows the answer?
Mr Edward Porter: Can the hon. and gallant Member give us any evidence for his statement?
Mr Edward Porter: The right hon. Gentleman has asked the Minister, he has given a definite reply, and now he does not believe him.
Mr Edward Porter: Why does the right hon. Gentleman not tell him that he does not believe him?
Mr Edward Porter: What took place previously?
Mr Edward Porter: He is no longer the chairman.
Mr Edward Porter: rose—
Mr Edward Porter: The right hon. Gentleman knows that no authority would do that.
Mr Edward Porter: The hon. Gentleman should tell his hon. Friends about it. We on this side have been to Dumfriesshire.
Mr Edward Porter: Clyde Valley.
Mr Edward Porter: Will the hon. and gallant Member tell us with whom that agreement was made?
Mr Edward Porter: I am sorry that the hon. and gallant Member for East Grinstead (Colonel Clarke) has left the Chamber because I want to refer to a question I asked him about what he described as the agreement made by the National Farmers Union and the electricity companies. The reason I asked that question was to find out whether such an agreement had been made by the Government, because I think Members of...
Mr Edward Porter: I apologise. I understand that the Clyde Valley Company operate on the fringe of the City of Glasgow. The prices charged by the municipality are considerably less than the prices charged by the Clyde Valley Company to its consumers. The hon. and gallant Member for Pollok, in his speech, talked of the work of this particular company and other companies, and said that on 3rd April, 1946, this...
Mr Edward Porter: The figures for the Central Electricity Board have been issued to date, and their statement is that 80 stations in this country are, in the main, controlled by municipalities and are responsible for 91 per cent. of the production of electrical units. There are strong reasons why I am in favour of this Bill. I sincerely believe that as a result of it there will be electricity at cheap prices...
Mr Edward Porter: What is the nearest?