§ Major RUGGLES-BRISE
asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware of certain contingencies which may arise, causing injury to persons, buildings, fences, crops, or stock during or after the erection of above-ground transmission lines or other electric lines, and that cases have occurred where cattle have died from eating electric wire filings and clippings left in fields after the erection of an electric cable; and whether he will take steps to safeguard the interests of the agricultural community in these respects in connection with the passage of the Electricity (Supply) Bill?
Colonel ASH LEY
I do not know what particular contingencies my hon. and gallant friend has in mind, and my attention has not been drawn to any case of cattle dying from eating electric wire filings and clippings. As regards the last part of the question, owners and tenants of private land are safeguarded by the existing provisions contained in Section 22 of the Electricity (Supply) Act, 1919, and I do not consider that further provisions are necessary.