HC Deb 14 February 1927 vol 202 cc570-1
100. Mr. RHYS

asked the Minister of Transport whether, in the appointments to the Electricity Board, consideration was given to the agricultural interests involved in the Electricity Act?

Colonel ASHLEY

The Central Electricity Board is limited in number by the Statute to a Chairman and seven members. In selecting the persons to be appointed to the Board, my endeavour was to secure a body of experienced men with wide qualifications for the duties which they are called upon to undertake. The interests of agriculture were not absent from my mind.


Is there any member on the Board who may be considered to have special knowledge of agriculture?

Colonel ASHLEY

Colonel Willey, I think, knows a good deal about agriculture. In his earlier days he farmed a certain amount of land; he ha-s experience of agriculture in the Argentine; in his business capacity in connection with wool he is much in touch with agricultural districts; he has had much to do with sheep; and, last but not least, as a master of foxhounds he has had to look through agricultural spectacles at least three days a week.