HC Deb 22 November 1951 vol 494 c564
57. Mr. G. Jeger

asked the Minister of Agriculture how many farms were first supplied with electricity during the past year.

Sir T. Dugdale

I am informed that some 9,250 farms in England and Wales were first supplied with electricity during the twelve months ended 30th September, 1951.

Mr. Jeger

Will the Minister assure the House that this excellent progress will be continued under his administration?

Sir T. Dugdale

The question of the distribution of electricity for all purposes is a matter for the Minister of Fuel and Power, who is responsible for the allocation of capital investment by the British Electricity Authority.

Mr. Thomas Williams

Can the right hon. and gallant Gentleman say whether so many farms were served with electricity under private enterprise in pre-war days?

Sir T. Dugdale

This is not a political question at all, but we are indebted to the scientists and engineers for making it possible.