HC Deb 19 January 1965 vol 705 cc23-4W
Mr. Alfred Morris

asked the Minister of Power how many electrical storage heaters have been supplied at concessionary rates by area electricity boards to elderly and other people in need known to the local authorities in their areas; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Lubbock

asked the Minister of Power if he will give a general direction to the electricity boards to make storage heaters available to old people at reduced rates.

Mr. John Morris

I understand that some electricity boards are finding that they have a limited surplus of electrical storage heaters in discontinued lines and that the North Western Board and the London Board are offering to instal these heaters at "sale prices" in cases nominated by a local authority. The installation of these heaters requires special wiring and metering and the boards will have to decide when this work can best be fitted into their programme.

Other boards may from time to time find themselves able to make similar offers. This, however, is a matter for them, and not one on which my right hon. Friend could appropriately make a general direction.