§ 25. Mr. THORNE
asked the Minister of Transport whether he has received a report from his inspectors relative to the inconvenience caused to the hospitals in the Blackheath area when the electric light supply failed for a number of hours on Sunday night; if he is aware that the hospitals had no electric light supply for three hours; and if he can state the cause of the breakdown?
I am informed that the breakdown was due to a fault on an old distributor which had been in service for many years, that the principal inconvenience was suffered by the Herbert Hospital, and that the hospital has now been connected to a new ring main which the company were laying to provide additional security of supply and which was on the point of completion when the breakdown occurred.
§ Mr. THORNE
Does the Minister not see the advantage of having gas installed in these institutions as well as electric light?
Lieut.-Colonel SANOEMAN ALLEN
Had the hon. Member for Plaistow (Mr. Thorne) the same solicitude for the hospitals in 1926?