HC Deb 23 October 1950 vol 478 cc294-5W
92. Mr. Albu

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power why he did not agree with the application by the Eastern Electricity Consultative Council to alter the council's scheme to allow for readmission of the Press to meetings of each local committee.

Mr. P. Noel-Baker

Under the Electricity Act and the Regulations made thereunder by my predecessor, the consultative councils have power to regulate their own procedure, but are required to present, for the approval of the Minister, schemes for the organisation and procedure of their district committees. The councils decided to admit the Press and the public to their own meetings, but. for reaso which they thought strong, they decided that their district committees should meet in private. The chairman of the councils have twice discussed the matter in the last three months; they unanimously agreed that, for the present, this rule should be maintained.

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