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Mains (Gpo Lines)

Volume 463: debated on Wednesday 30 March 1949

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asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what steps he is taking to ensure that where the joint construction of G.P.O. lines with electricity mains is necessary the statutory obligations to consumers under the Electricity Act should be duly observed.

Where G.P.O. lines are carried on the same poles as electricity mains it is sometimes necessary to interrupt the supply of electricity so that essential work can be done on the G.P.O. line. It is only in exceptional cases that on grounds of urgency the electricity supply has to be disconnected without prior notification to the consumers on that line. If the hon. Member is aware of any case where supplies were cut off without prior notification and serious inconvenience was caused, I shall be pleased to make inquiries if he will let me have particulars.