§ Mr. MONTAGUE
asked the Postmaster-General whether, seeing that the Blackfriars power station is to be closed down, he can say whether a contract or contracts for the supply of bulk electricity has been accepted from private sources; if so, what is the price per unit to be charged; and for how long does this contract run?
§ Sir W. MITCHELL-THOMSON
As an appreciable saving will result from taking electrical energy for the Post Office from an outside source, I have accepted the most favourable tender received, which is that made jointly by the City of London Electric Lighting Company and the Charing Cross, West End and City Electricity Supply Company. The period of the proposed contract is 25 years; the price of current varies on a sliding scale according to the cost of fuel and the incidence of the peak load.