HC Deb 08 March 1966 vol 725 cc500-1W
Mr. Palmer

asked the Minister of Technology if he will appoint a committee of inquiry to examine ways and means of improving the quality and expediting the delivery dates of plant and equipment by manufacturers to the Central Electricity Generating Board and the gas boards, in order to avoid next winter the energy shortages and supply difficulties of the winter just passed.

Mr. Cousins

No. These are primarily matters for the supply authorities to investigate with their contractors. My Department is concerned to do all it can to help, and, as is known, my right hon. Friend the Minister of Power has set up an inquiry into the causes of the shortage of gas supplies in the West Midlands during this winter.