HC Deb 19 May 1927 vol 206 cc1364-5
59. Sir R. THOMAS

asked the Minister of Transport whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that the hydroelectric works in the neighbourhood of Snowdon are causing disfigurement to the scenic beauties of the district, particularly in the pass of Llanberis, by the erection of overhead transmission lines with their attendant supporting standards; and whether, in view of the importance of the tourist traffic to the population of this district, he will take steps to require the interests concerned to relay their cables in underground conduits?

Colonel ASHLEY

My attention has not previously been called to this matter, but such information as I have been able to obtain since the hon. Member gave notice of his question goes to show that the overhead lines to which he refers were erected many years ago with the consent of the Board of Trade. In the event of any application being made to me for further overhead lines, the local authority would be given an opportunity of being heard before any such consent was given, but the desirability of securing all reasonable economy in the production and distribution of electricity is an important consideration, and I should not be prepared to say in advance what my decision on any such application might be.


In view of the fact that his present office is due to expire shortly, will the right hon. Gentleman pay a personal visit to the Pass of Llanberis and get personal inspiration for his new office elsewhere?

Colonel ASHLEY

I was round Snowdon only a month ago, looking at roads, but I will go up there if I possibly can.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that supplies generated from this source are already more expensive than pre-War supplies in this district, and that, if this course is adopted, they will be more expensive still?

Colonel ASHLEY

I know that underground wires cost, roughly, twice as much.