§ 29. Mr. Alasdair Mackenzie
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland, in view of the number of potential consumers of electricity in Ross and Cromarty who are still unsupplied because of the substantial sums asked by the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board for connections, if he will take action, by legislation or otherwise, to help those people to get a supply.
§ Dr. Dickson Mabon
I understand from the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board that, except for a small number of isolated areas, Ross and Cromarty is already connected but if the hon. Member has any particular cases in mind the Board will be glad to investigate.
The rate of connection charges is a matter for the Board, but any consumer can make representations to the Electricity Consultative Council about these charges. I am not contemplating action which would reduce their general level.
§ Mr. Mackenzie
Would the Under-Secretary agree that while most of Ross and Cromarty is already connected up that is no consolation to those who still have to go without? Will he do something to speed it up?