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----Merthyr Gas Works. .---

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Merthyr Gas Works. PROPOSED MUNICIPALiSATION. Adverse Resolution by the Chambep of Trade. The proposed purchase of the Merthyr and Dowlais Gas Works was the subject of discus- sion at a special meeting of the Merthyr Cham- ber of Trade held on Tuesday evening under the presidency of Mr Gomer Thomas. The Chairman said that owing to the action of the I Merthyr Council in opposing the Bills of the gas companies the price of gas in Merthyr had I been reduced to a maximum of 2s 9d. That being the case, the interests of the consumers were protected, and it was now for them to protect the interests of the ratepayers. I Mr W. R. Edmunds, who attended by invita- tion to put the case for the advocates of pur- chase, argued that light was at least a public necessity, and gas was in a more perfect stage of usefulness than any other kind of illumi- nant, not excepting oil, and certainly not ex- cepting electricity. Tbey had to realise when they went in to the facts that both gas com- panies had for years been making enormous profits. They had paid their maximum divi- dends, and had been able to put more than the prescribed amount to reserve for the purpose of insurance and to meet depreciation. And why should not the Corporation be able to work the concern at a proflt ? Mr Valon said thev could do it., and they had the fact that out of the 204 Corporations who had acquired gas undertakings only 39 had not made a profit. Mr Edmunds urged the Cham- ber not to do anything to prevent the rate- payers from expressing an opinion on the mat- ter. Mr H. W. Southey, who spoke in opposition to the purchase, said they had not been supplied with a fair estimate of the probable total expenditure to which the Council would be put by the acquisition of the undertakings, and urged that such figures should be supplied before the ratepayers were asked to come to a decision. He hoped the Council would reconsider their decision, and in view of the present position of consumers of gas in Merthyr they would find that it was in the interest of the Corporation and the ratepayers tot eave well alone. (Ap- plause.) Mr Howfield seconded Mr Edmonds's pro- position. While he was anxious to have fuller facts, he was sure that if they declined to be led away by side issues and sectarian con- I siderations they could send a body of business ¡ men to the Council who were equally well I qualified to manage the gas works profitably as were the present directors. Mr W. \V. Meredith remarked that the mere I cost of acquir ing the gas undertaking at Ystrad amounted to £15,000. How much more would it he, he asked, for the two undertakings at Mer- thyr ? Other items of expenditure for compen- sation had not been included in the estimate, and the old main:; would have to be replaced at enormous expense, and one item in the scheme was the payment of £ 54,000 for the Dowlais Works, which it was intended to practically scrap. The Corporation could not possibly snpply gas at the price at which it was now supplied. They would have to increase the price or make up the deficiency out of the rates. Mr Edmunds replied, and a resolution was carried that the Chamber petition against the proposed purchase, only two dissenting.

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