HC Deb 21 February 1952 vol 496 cc41-2W
52. Brigadier Medlicott

asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is aware that agricultural production is being hindered by the almost complete cessation of de- velopment work in the provision of electricity in rural areas; and if he will endeavour to make arrangements with the electricity authorities whereby at least some amount of development work can be started, even if confined for the present to urgent cases and to cases where there is only a short distance of wire required.

Sir T. Dugdale

I am aware that for various reasons the initiation of new schemes of electricity supply to rural areas was slowed down in the autumn of last year. As my right hon. Friend the Minister of Fuel and Power announced on 4th February, limited expenditure will be possible this year for schemes already in progress and on some urgent new schemes.