HC Deb 01 May 1950 vol 474 c1383
8. Mr. Crouch

asked the Minister of Supply if he will increase the supplies of poles and cable to enable some of the arrears of electricity services to be cleared up

Mr. G. R. Strauss

I am not aware of a shortage of poles and cables for the distribution of electricity, but if the hon. Member will let me have details of the particular cases of shortage he has in mind I will look into them, in consultation with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Fuel and Power.

Mr. Crouch

Is the Minister not aware that the shortage of these materials is causing a delay of up to two years in the electrification of rural areas?

Mr. Strauss

No, Sir. There is certainly no shortage of these materials.

Mr. Spence

Will the Minister forward to the Hydro-Electric Board in Scotland a copy of his reply and see what they have to say?