§ 70. Mr. H. G. Williams
asked the Minister of Transport what is the present position of the application of the London Power Company, Limited, to the Electricity Commissioners for consent to begin the erection of the second half of the Battersea Power Station and instal a 100,000 kilowatt set?
§ Mr. Burgin
The London County Council and the other councils concerned have been afforded an opportunity of making representations and have notified the Electricity Commissioners that they do not offer any objection, provided that the consent is made subject to certain conditions for the avoidance of nuisance, which have already been applied in relation to the first part of the station. The Government Chemist's Committee are satisfied as to the efficacy of the gas washing plant at the station. I am arranging for the report of their committee to be published as a Command Paper. My right hon. Friends the Minister of Health and the First Commissioner of 1379 Works concur with me that, subject to these conditions, there is no objection to the proposed extension, and I am informing the Electricity Commissioners accordingly.
§ Sir P. Harris
Has the Department of the right hon. Gentleman consulted the Defence Departments about the danger of having so much power centralised in the centre of London in time of war?
§ Mr. Burgin
Yes, Sir, the Minister for the Co-ordination of Defence has been consulted, and has agreed.