§ 79. Mr. Driberg
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he is aware of the inconvenience caused to housewives and catering establishments at Burnham-on-Crouch by the inadequate supply of gas for cooking; and if he will make alternative emergency arrangements for the coming months, when large numbers of visitors are expected and the gas supply may be cut off altogether, while new pipes are laid, for considerable periods.
§ Mr. Gaitskell
Yes. I understand from the company that the demand for gas has increased greatly and that the gas-making plant is in bad condition. Part of the 241W plant must be shut down immediately for repairs and the supply of gas will therefore be reduced. The repairs should be completed by the end of July but I regret that it is not practicable for alternative emergency arrangements to be made in the meantime. A new main which should ensure the best possible distribution of the available gas has already been laid.