HC Deb 03 April 1947 vol 435 c2213
69. Commander Noble

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power the present position with regard to the use of lifts in blocks of flats, etc., especially where old or infirm people may live, or families with young children.

Mr. Gaitskell

The use of electricity in residential premises is at present prohibited for all purposes during certain hours, except where a certificate is given by a registered medical practitioner that it is necessary in the interests of health. As my right hon. Friend announced in the House yesterday, the Government have under urgent consideration a comprehensive plan, as an alternative to a compulsory rationing scheme, to secure reductions in domestic gas and electricity consumption during the summer, and will announce it as soon as possible after the Easter Recess. In the meantime, the existing Order remains in force.

Commander Noble

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that it is extremely difficult for people to do shopping and house work and be able to use the lifts in the period allowed, and will he give further consideration to this matter?

Mr. Gaitskell

We are aware of this, and that a number of other factors in the present situation are not satisfactory, and we will take them into account.

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