HC Deb 25 January 1944 vol 396 cc516-7
17. Mr. Higgs

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what is the approximate percentage of the area of Great Britain which has no public supply of electricity from the grid.

Major Lloyd George

The only district in Great Britain in which the Central Electricity Board, the owner of the grid, does not operate is the North of Scotland, which is covered by the provisions of the Hydro-Electric Development (Scotland) Act, 1943. The area of this district is about 23 per cent. of Great Britain and its population about 1½ per cent. Inside the grid area, however, there are numerous small rural districts which do not receive a public supply. I am unable to say exactly what percentage of the total population is at present within the area of public supply of electricity, but I am advised that it is certainly in excess of 90 per cent.

Mr. Higgs

Does the right hon. and gallant Gentleman intend to take any action to give a supply to these outlying districts at a reasonable price?

Major Lloyd George

That is one of the things I am engaged upon now.

Mr. McKinlay

Is the firm of the ex-chairman of the Electricity Board supplied from the grid?