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Stoke Bliss, Worcestershire

Volume 498: debated on Tuesday 8 April 1952

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asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government whether he is aware that the Ten-bury Rural District Council in Worcestershire is frustrated from building agricultural workers houses in the Parish of Stoke Bliss by the refusal of the Midlands Electricity Board to provide electricity to enable water to be pumped from a deep-bore to supply the proposed houses; and, in view of the importance of food production, if he will make representations to the Midlands Electricity Board with a view to the provision of electricity thus facilitating the necessary water supply for the housing plans.

I am instructing my regional officers to discuss the problem with representatives of the Board and of the council.

Is my right hon. Friend aware of the history of this case, and does he know that the parishioners, the local authority, and the local Member of Parliament—that is myself—have been trying for months to get the Chairman of the Midlands Electricity Board to show a helpful attitude towards this remote rural community? Will my right hon. Friend, therefore, treat the matter with due urgency?

Perhaps, as the matter has now been sufficiently ventilated, it will be resolved.