HC Deb 30 July 1941 vol 373 cc1398-9
50. Mr. A. Edwards

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Supply whether he is aware that whilst instructions for new factories go forth, his Department is not making adequate provision for electrical power to run them; and what steps he proposes to take to see that certain districts do not become unbalanced with regard to power demand and supply?

The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Supply (Mr. Harold Macmillan)

The provision of electrical power is not the responsibility of the Ministry of Supply, but the availability of such power is one of the first considerations which is taken into account, in consultation with the Electricity Commis- sioners and the Central Electricity Board, before finally deciding upon the location of new factories.

Mr. Edwards

Will the Parliamentary Secretary take it from me that this is not being done and that a serious situation has arisen?

Mr. Macmillan

Provision has been made in full measure, but I would not like to give details of the steps that have been taken.