HC Deb 24 July 1939 vol 350 cc1006-7
25. Mr. John Morgan

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is prepared to reconsider the present basis on which grants are made to land drainage pumping stations so that encouragement may be given to electrical installations which, in turn, would tend to promote electricity supply facilities for remote rural areas?

Sir R. Dorman-Smith

No, Sir. I do not think it would be wise or practicable to prescribe any particular form of power for land drainage pumping stations, but I will approve whatever proposals may be most appropriate in the particular circumstances of each case.

Mr. Morgan

Will the right hon. and gallant Gentleman take into account the information which I have received from the Yorkshire Power Company that on account of high tension wires being connected to a sewerage scheme in Nottinghamshire they were able, incidentally, to connect up 10 villages and in that way bring supplies of electricity to very remote rural areas?

Sir R, Dorman-Smith

Yes, Sir. There is an arrangement under which the Ministry does let the Electricity Commission know of any schemes which are coming forward in order that the local supply company may be in a position to make an offer to the pumping station to supply the power.

Mr. Morgan

Will the Minister take that into account in allocating grant? That is the important point.

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