HC Deb 08 July 1970 vol 803 cc663-4
32. Lieut.-Colonel Mitchell

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give a general direction to the North of Scotland Electricity Board to take immediate measures to provide electricity supplies to the remoter areas of the North-East of Scotland.

Mr. Younger

Priorities for electricity supply are entirely for the board to decide, and this is not a matter in which I can properly give a direction. I understand that over 96 per cent. of potential consumers in the North-East have been connected and that the board is proceeding to connect the remainder as fast as its finances will allow.

Lieut.-Colonel Mitchell

Is my hon. Friend aware of the hardship which this brings to upland farmers and that we had an election promise to bring light to people?

Mr. Younger

I have no doubt whatever that the advent of this new Government will indeed bring light to all the people. I well appreciate my hon. and gallant Friend's concern about the supply of electricity to many of his constituents, and I suggest to him that he will find the members of the board most sympathetic if he has a particular case about which he would like to write to them.

Mr. Buchan

Will not the hon. Gentleman be a little more sympathetic to his hon. and gallant Friend? Clearly, he requires light to read the small print in the Conservative manifesto about the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

Mr. Younger

That is a matter for my right hon. Friend.