HC Deb 24 March 1952 vol 498 cc3-4
11. Mr. Nabarro

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what steps he proposes to take to discourage continuous space-heating by electricity; and what steps are now being taken to implement the proposals in regard to domestic heating, contained in the Simon Report, 1946.

Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd

The Simon Report recommended that the main space-heating load should be carried by solid fuel rather than electricity or gas, and they therefore proposed various measures for the production of improved solid fuel burning appliances and for encouraging their use. Numerous steps have been taken to implement these proposals. At present, a further review of the minimum standards of improved appliances is being undertaken in the light of recent research.

Mr. Nabarro

Would my hon. Friend consider making a somewhat detailed statement upon an appropriate occasion deprecating the continued use of electricity for carrying the continuous space-heating load, as there appears to be considerable misunderstanding on this important matter?

Mr. Lloyd

Yes, Sir, if a convenient opportunity arose. Of course, my hon. Friend will recollect that while the Simon Report took the line he mentions, it also said that gas and electricity should be used for intermittent space-heating.

Mr. Nabarro

Does my right hon. Friend realise that this Question and my supplementary question refer only to the use of electricity for continuous space-heating, not for intermittent, on which I am entirely in agreement with him?

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