§ Mr. John Rankin
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what consultations he had with the South of Scotland Electricity Board before they announced their new scale of electricity charges; and whether he will direct them to await the Report of the Mackenzie Committee on Electricity in Scotland before taking any further steps.
§ Mr. Maclay
While I have agreed with the Board their financial objective in terms of the White Paper on the Financial and Economic Obligations of the Nationalised Industries (Cmnd. 1337), the price to be charged for electricity is entirely a matter for them and 1 have no power to issue a direction on the subject.