HC Deb 09 March 1944 vol 397 cc2196-7
70. Mr. Mander

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power when it is proposed to make a statement with regard to the Government's policy concerning the future of the distribution of electricity in this country.

Mr. T. Smith

The future organisation of electricity distribution is receiving the active consideration of the Government, but my right hon. and gallant Friend is not yet in a position to make any statement.

Mr. Mander

Will the hon. Member bear in mind that this is one of those instances where public ownership is better than private ownership, as indicated in the McGowan Report, and may we have an assurance that that Report and others will be carefully studied?

Mr. Smith

I will bear those things in mind.

Sir H. Williams

Is the hon. Member aware that the publicly owned telephones expand at one-third the rate of the privately-owned electricity supply?