§ Mr. Nabarro
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what approach has been made to him by the British Electricity Authority in connection with re-orientation of the proposals for hydro-electric schemes in North Wales and the withdrawal of the Ffestiniog proposals; what reasons were advanced by the British Electricity Authority for such withdrawal; and whether he will make a statement upon the future policy of Her Majesty's Government in regard to the development of hydro-electric power in North Wales.
§ Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd
The British Electricity Authority have informed me that some doubt has arisen about the suitability of a site proposed for a reservoir in the Ffestiniog scheme. They have, therefore, stopped further action on this scheme until they can be satisfied on this point. It is the policy of Her Majesty's Government to encourage the development of hydro-electric power wherever it is economically justified, in so far as this can be done without causing disproportionate loss in other directions.
§ Mr. Nabarro
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether plans and application for sanction of capital investment have yet been laid before him by the British Electricity Authority in connection with the promotion of private bills by that authority for hydro-electric schemes at Rheidol, Mawddach, Conway, Snowdon and Nant Ffancon.