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Power Cuts (Production Loss)

Volume 486: debated on Monday 16 April 1951

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asked the Minister of Fuel and Power upon what facts he bases his estimate that power cuts during the winter cost between £8 million and £10 million worth of industrial production.

As I made clear in the speech to which I assume the hon. Member refers, the figure of £8–£ 10 million is no more than a guess as to the minimum loss suffered by industry. It is based on sample inquiries made of individual firms by regional boards for industry.