HC Deb 01 May 1947 vol 436 cc2141-2
1. Mr. Peter Freeman

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what steps are being taken to investigate the possibilities of increased electricity from the water supply of the Welsh hills; who are the members of the committee concerned; and when he proposes to issue a report.

The Minister of Fuel and Power (Mr. Shinwell)

As a result of a full investigation by consulting engineers, several schemes have been put forward by the North Wales Power Company for hydroelectric development in the Welsh Hills. These schemes are being examined by the Electricity Commissioners and the Central Electricity Board. In these circumstances I see no need to appoint a committee.

Mr. Freeman

In view of the fact that any schemes of this description would bring great relief to the coal industry without interfering with the domestic supplies of water, would my right hon. Friend give them every priority?

Mr. Shinwell

I would not like to say that I can give them every priority, but they are under consideration.