HC Deb 06 March 1956 vol 549 cc1918-9
52. Mr. Ross

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how the South of Scotland Electricity Board's programme of rural electrification will be affected by recently announced cuts in capital expenditure.

Mr. J. Stuart

I would refer the hon. Member to the Answer given to the hon. and gallant Members for Berwick and East Lothian (Major Austruther-Gray) and South Angus (Captain Duncan) on 28th February.

Mr. Ross

Does that mean that we are to have a diminution of the good work that has been done by the electricity authority over the past years in regard to rural electrification?

Mr. Stuart

The Answer gave the figures. I believe that the Board hopes to make many new connections in the coming year. They are all given in that Answer.

Captain Duncan

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the Answer which he gave on the occasion referred to was very satisfactory?

Mr. Ross

Is the right hon. Gentleman also aware that any answer that would be satisfactory to the hon. and gallant Member for South Angus (Captain Duncan) would scarcely be likely to be satisfactory to me?

Mr. Stuart

The hon. Member had better read it.