HC Deb 20 December 1954 vol 535 c218W
Sir A. Bossom

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he will give a general direction to the British Electricity Authority requiring that, when high-tension cables are carried on pylons over agricultural land, at the same time they should always include a lower-tension line, as is frequently the custom in the United States of America, so that any farmer or resident in the immediate neighbourhood of the pylons can obtain an electricity supply by means of a small and inexpensive transformer without the great cost now entailed in bringing back a separate line from the nearest transformer station specially equipped to reduce the very high voltage down to that needed for domestic purposes.

Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd

For reasons both of economy and amenity, the general practice is to take high voltage lines the shortest distance between two points. This is not always compatible with combined construction of high and low voltage lines, but such construction is always adopted when it is both practicable and economic.