HC Deb 23 March 1960 vol 620 cc53-4W
Mr. Ness Edwards

asked (he Minister of Power (1) if, for the purpose of increasing the area of public accountability, he will take powers to require the electricity consultative councils appointed under Section 7 of the Electricity Act, 1947, to submit to him schemes whereby consultative committees shall be set up for each of the managerial areas in each area;

(2) if, in pursuance of the purposes provided for in Clause 9 (8) of the Gas Act, 1948, he will take powers to require the gas consultative councils to submit to him schemes whereby a consultative committee shall be appointed for each area of the separate undertakings so that a closer relation shall be established between the administration and the consumer.

Mr. George

My right hon. Friend is satisfied that the councils themselves can best judge local requirements for helping the consumer. If they propose amendments of their existing schemes they will be sympathetically considered.

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