HC Deb 12 March 1928 vol 214 c1521
76 and 77. Mr. HARDIE

asked the Minister of Transport (1) if he can give the number of employés engaged in the production and distribution of electricity in England, Scotland and Wales before the passing of the present Electricity Act, and the number at the present time or nearest convenient date;

(2) if he can give the amount of electrical energy produced in England, Scotland

The position as to the number of staff and workmen engaged in the generation, distribution and administration of the public supply of electricity in Great Britain is as follows:—

(i) Year 1925–26 (31st December, 1925, for Companies; 31st March, 1926, for Local Authorities).

Number employed 45,284, an increase of about 4,000 as compared with preceding year.

(ii) Year 1926–27 (31st December, 1926, for Companies: 31st March, 1927, for Local Authorities).

While complete official statistics are not yet available, the approximate number employed in this year was 49,000.

The position as regards the generation of electricity in Great Britain during the year ending 31st March, 1926, and the year ending 31st March, 1927 (the latest for which official figures are available) was as follows:—

Units generated by—
Year ending 31st March. Authorised Undertakers. Railway and Tramway Authorities and certain non-statutory undertakings. Total.
Million. Million. Million.
1926 6698.8 1424.1 8122.9
1927 7062.4 1303.6 8366.0*
*The figures for the year ending 31st March, 1927, cover the period of the prolonged stoppage in the coal mines during 1926.