15. Mr. Watkins
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power how much of the proposed investment programme for electricity of £204 million for 1956–57 has been cut in respect of rural electrification; and how many major schemes for rural electrification in South Wales have been approved by him.
§ The Minister of Fuel and Power (Mr. Aubrey Jones)
The provision for rural electrification within the approved total investment programme of the Central Electricity Authority respresents a reduction of some £800,000 from that included within the programme of £213 million originally proposed by the Authority. It represents, however, an increase in that included in the reduced programme of £204 million mentioned by the hon. Gentleman. The allocation of the total provided for rural electrification among the different area boards and the approval of individual schemes are matters for the Authority and the boards concerned, and not for me.
§ Mr. Gower
Has my right hon. Friend noted that on 13th March the Secretary of State for Scotland was able to give detailed figures of three Scottish counties? Does he not think it quite unreasonable that Scottish Members should have the facility of such detailed information whilst Welsh Members—and, indeed, English Members—are not able to have a picture of Wales as a whole in this case?