§ 11. Mr. Crouch
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if, in view of the fall in the price of copper and rubber, he will give directions to the British Electricity Authority for a further extension of rural electrification.
§ Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd
I am grateful to my hon. Friend for drawing my attention to this matter. Following the debate in 746 this House the electricity boards, I am glad to say, are making good progress in rural electrification and they are being helped by the fall in the prices of these materials.
§ Mr. Crouch
Is my right hon. Friend aware that, as a result of the fall in the price of rubber and copper, a number of small villages and hamlets in rural areas, who have been struggling for years to get electricity, will shortly be in a position to be supplied?
§ Captain Pilkington
If there is such an extension, will the Minister see that the cost does not fall too heavily upon rural authorities?