HC Deb 16 February 1953 vol 511 cc851-2
1. Mr. Philips Price

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether, in view of the satisfactory development of devices for storing electricity in such a way that it can be used for space-heating purposes without affecting the demand for electricity at peak periods, he will give a general direction to the British Electricity Authority under Section 5 of the Electricity Act, 1947, to arrange for the revision of tariffs to encourage the greater use of such devices.

The Minister of Fuel and Power (Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd)

There is no occasion for a general direction, but I am discussing with the British Electricity Authority whether alterations in general tariff policy could give further encouragement to off-peak consumption.

Mr. Price

Is it not a fact that considerable economies can be made in connection with the peak load as a result of the introduction of this method?

Mr. Lloyd

I believe it is a very promising method.