HC Deb 16 July 1962 vol 663 c20
21. Mr. Ridley

asked the Minister of Power if he will publish a White Paper on the scientific and financial implications of putting power lines underground.

Mr. Wood

Information has already been published on this subject and I do not think a White Paper is necessary. I am putting in the Library of the House relevant publications and papers, about which I will write to my hon. Friend.

Mr. Ridley

Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is an ever-growing volume of apprehension in the country about the multiplicity of power lines now being put up, and does he realise that it would be a help if we could have a complete and up-to-date picture of the present state of scientific advance and know the financial gap which exists between underground and overhead wires? It would be most helpful if my right hon. Friend could give more information.

Mr. Wood

I quite appreciate the apprehension to which my hon. Friend refers, but I ask him to study the information which I am putting at the disposal of the House in the Library. Perhaps he will ask me, if he requires any further information after he has read that.