§ 1. Mr. Bullard
asked the Minister of Power, in view of the need to speed the provision of electricity to those rural houses which are still without a supply, if he will authorise area boards to undertake further additional work on rural electrification.
§ The Minister of Power (Mr. Richard Wood)
As I told the hon. Member for Islington, East (Mr. Fletcher) last week, the possibility of increasing the present high rate of area boards' capital expenditure on rural electrification is governed by their revenue position rather than their capital allocations.
§ Mr. Bullard
Despite the good progress that has been made in many areas with rural electrification, will my right hon. Friend again have consultations with the area boards to see whether this matter can be speeded up? It is quite a time now since the rural electrification plans were drawn up and electricity has become much more important in daily life since then. Will my right hon. Friend see whether some of these really bad areas, which are there by chance of district, can be given some better hope than at present?
§ Mr. Wilkins
May I ask the Minister whether, if he responds to the request of his hon. Friend to speed up rural electrification, at considerable cost, he will take steps to ensure that his hon. Friends behind him will then not malign this highly successful nationalised industry?
§ Mr. G. Brown
In view of this remarkably great success in bringing rural electrification forward at this quick pace, 843 will the right hon. Gentleman pay a tribute to the fact that this could not have happened without the nationalisation of the industry?