HC Deb 14 November 1955 vol 546 cc29-30
46. Mr. Palmer

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power the anticipated kilowatt reduction in electrical generation and bulk transmission development capacity as a result of the capital project deferment requested by the Government.

Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd

The detailed review which is being made of capital expenditure has not yet been completed but, as I indicated on 25th October, any revision of the capital programme will have full regard to the need for maintaining essential supplies of power.

Mr. Palmer

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the great industrial need of this country is increased productivity, that that demands ample supplies of electric power and that this restriction on development is, therefore, the most shortsighted policy imaginable?

Mr. Lloyd

No, Sir, I think that if the hon. Member studies the Answer he will see that it is important to make savings on projects which will not affect the supply of electric power.