§ Sir H. Williams
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he is aware that the apportionment of cash funds and investments consequent upon the Gas Act, 1948, between the Southern Gas Board and the Bournemouth Gas and Water Company is still undetermined in spite of the fact that the relevant details were submitted to the Board in June, 1950; and if he will expedite a settlement.
§ Mr. P. Noel-Baker
By the terms of the Gas Act, 1948, and regulations made under the Act, this is a matter for settlement by agreement between the Board and the Company, or failing agreement, by determination by the Gas Arbitration Tribunal. I understand that negotiations are still continuing between the two parties, but, if these fail, it is open to either party to refer the matter to the Tribunal.