§ Mr. Nabarro
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power the average load factor of British Electricity Authority power houses in 1952 and what directions he will give under Section 5 of the Electricity Act, 1947, to improve the position.
§ Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd
I am informed by the British Electricity Authority that the average load factor on their generating plant in 1952 was 48 per cent., and I have no present intention of giving a general direction on this subject. The Authority are no less anxious than I am to improve 171W the load factor and I am at present discussing with them the methods by which the use of electricity at off-peak hours may be further encouraged.