HC Deb 26 June 1958 vol 590 cc594-5
29. Mr. Bonham Carter

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in the light of the relaxations in the financial restrictions he has recently introduced, whether he will restore the cuts in the investment programme of the Central Electricity Authority.

Mr. Simon

The level of investment in the public sector as a whole in the years immediately ahead is now under consideration. I cannot, however, predict that the level of investment already authorised in any particular part will be raised.

Mr. Bonham Carter

Is the hon. and learned Gentleman aware that the number of farms in Devon connected with electricity in the current year is 800, whereas last year it was 1,500, and that this has caused great disappointment, hardship and inconvenience to the communities concerned?

Mr. Simon

I would ask the hon. Member to be good enough to put that question to the Ministry of Power.

Mr. Marquand

When the hon. and learned Gentleman is considering the level of investment in the public sector, will he do his best to ensure that restrictions are raised to help the steel industry?

Mr. Simon

My right hon. Friend the Chancellor will, of course, consider all aspects of the economy and will take every other consideration into account when he reviews the level of public investment.