1. Mr. De la Bère
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether, in connection with the installation of electricity in farms and buildings in the rural areas, he will consider convening a meeting of the electricity undertaKinģs throughout the United Kinģdom with a view to abolishing the high charges for installation and the long term guarantees which are at present demanded by.many undertaKinģs.
§ The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Fuel and Power (Mr. Tom Smith)
Electricity undertakers are under no statutory obligation to afford supplies to individual premises situated more than 5o yards from a distributing line. This point is one of the matters which is being taken into account in the general reorganisation of the industry now under consideration by His Majesty's Government.
Mr. De la Bère
Does my hon. Friend realise the very strong feeling that exists in rural areas because farms are not able to get a supply of electricity on account of the very heavy charge for installation? Will he make a very vigorous request that these undertaKinģs should do something in the matter, in view of this widespread feeling?
§ Sir Herbert Williams
Is the Minister aware that, under the Electricity Act, 1882, his Department and the undertaKinģs concerned are not permitted to do what the hon. Member for Evesham (Mr. De la Bère) has asked?
Mr. Moelwyn Huģhes
In the considerations which are before the Department, will the Minister include the question of a regional organisation under national control, as the only method by which the country districts can get cheap electricity?