HC Deb 13 February 1964 vol 689 cc540-1
17. Sir B. Janner

asked the Minister of Power whether he will, in the public interest, give general directions to gas and electricity boards that, when making connections to new houses and flats, gas and electricity meters should be put outside each dwelling to make for easier reading by officials from the boards.

Mr. Peyton

No, Sir. This is a matter for the gas and electricity boards and the owners of the property.

Sir B. Janner

Has the Minister read the Report of the London Electricity Consultative Council? Is he aware that there is considerable dissatisfaction in respect of the accounts as submitted now and that this would be a way of dealing with the position so that the consumer would know what he owed as well as the board making the charge? Does not he think that this should be considered?

Mr. Peyton

I understand that the London proposals are being considered by the Electricity Council. I understand that both the Electricity Council and the Gas Council would welcome such arrangements if they were possible, always subject to the needs of security and economy in cost.