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Electricity Supplies (Pudsey)

Volume 416: debated on Tuesday 20 November 1945

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asked the Minister of Fuel and Power in view of the decison of the Electricity Commissioners which prevents the borough of Pudsey carrying out its promise to purchase the electricity undertaking of Farsley and Calverley, now incorporated in the borough of Pudsey, how many households it is estimated in Farsley and Calverley will have to pay dearer for their electricity than the rest of Pudsey.

As I explained to the hon. and gallant Member on 23rd October, piecemeal changes in the organisation of the electricity supply industry cannot at present be authorised. As a result, consumers in Farsley and Calverley, in common with many other consumers, will have to wait a little, but they will benefit more from a general reorganisation than from piecemeal changes.

Is the Minister aware that the inhabitants of Farsley and Calverley are likely to have to pay at least 50 per cent. more for their electricity, and is he also aware that, when Farsley and Calverley were taken into the borough of Pudsey, an agreement was arrived at by which Pudsey would continue to supply electricity and the Electricity Commissioners—

I think the hon. and gallant Member is giving information, not asking for it.