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Farms (Electricity Supplies)

Volume 390: debated on Wednesday 30 June 1943

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asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he proposes to take action to give effect to the suggestion of the North Wales and South Cheshire joint electricity authority that the principle of grants for land drainage should be extended to the provision of electric supply to farms, where such is recommended by the county war agricultural executive committee; and whether he is aware that in North Wales the provision of more electricity supplies to farms is much needed?

The limited supply of material and labour available for the manufacture and installation of electrical equipment, and the increasing needs of the Services for purposes connected with the immediate prosecution of the war, preclude any comprehensive schemes for rural electrification at the present time, or the satisfaction of any substantial increase in demand which financial inducement would stimulate. Where there would be an appreciable increase in food production in relation to the quantity of labour and materials involved, individual installations can be authorised in North Wales, as elsewhere, under existing arrangements.