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Electricity Equipment Export

Volume 437: debated on Tuesday 6 May 1947

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asked the President of the Board of Trade for what reason he permitted the export of 19 big transformers and two electric power-houses to U.N.R.R.A. during 1947.

This equipment was supplied in fulfilment of longstanding orders placed as part of the United Kingdom contribution to U.N.R.R.A. It was specially designed for use as emergency plant to provide a temporary and limited power supply in devastated areas pending the re-establishment of normal facilities.

Does the hon. Gentleman think that, during the demand created in this country for electric equipment, it was wise to send this equipment to Poland at this time?

The Central Electricity Board were consulted on the matter, and they advised that the equipment was not suitable for home use.