§ 12. Mr. Fletcher-Cooke
asked the Minister of Power if he will give a general direction, in the public interest, to electricity boards to suspend their practice of imposing initial charges for electricity connections on new housing estates, pending his discussions with the gas and electricity industries on initial charges policy.
§ 21. Sir J. Eden
asked the Minister of Power when he expects to complete his discussions with the gas and electricity industries on the present system of initial connection charges.
§ 25. Mr. Hall-Davis
asked the Minister of Power if he is aware that area electricity boards are specifically discriminating against gas in their connection charge policy; and what is his policy regarding this practice.
§ Mr. Fletcher-Cooke
Since the Electricity Board has a virtual monopoly of the supply of light to consumers, is it not an abuse of that power to use that weapon to distort competition in the supply of heat?
§ Sir John Eden
How much longer does the hon. Gentleman expect these negotiations to take? Will he do his best to ensure that the interests of the consumer are taken fully into account here, and that the ultimate agreement will preserve the consumer's freedom of choice?
§ Dr. Hugh Gray
Will the Minister encourage the Gas Board and Electricity Board to collaborate in the production of a joint gas-electricity domestic stove? All cooks, whether Members of Parliament or housewives, know that one form of heat is better for producing some dishes and another for producing others?