HC Deb 15 December 1959 vol 615 cc1238-9
31. Mr. Millan

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many representations from consumers were received by the Electricity Consultative Council for the South of Scotland District in the year ended 31st December, 1958.

Mr. N. Macpherson

This is a matter for the Consultative Council which will, I am sure, be glad to supply the information to the hon. Member on request.

Mr. Millan

Since the Secretary of State for Scotland appoints the members of the Consultative Council, has he not some responsibility for it? Does he not agree that the vast majority of electricity consumers in the South of Scotland are unaware of the existence and work of this body? Will he consult the South of Scotland Electricity Board with a view to publicising its work?

Mr. Macpherson

Considerable attention has been devoted to this question, but I should explain to the hon. Member that the Council, which is appointed by my right hon. Friend, cannot be compelled to supply him with this information, although it would readily do so if asked. As this is a matter which falls within the Council's responsibility, I suggest that it is more appropriate for the hon. Member to communicate with the Council direct.