Record

CodeNA8490
Dates1894-1949
Person NameFalkirk Gas Commissioners; 1894-1949
ActivityGas was introduced to Falkirk by the Falkirk Gas Works Company in 1829, whose works and assets were sold in 1878 to the Falkirk Joint Stock Gas Company. The Falkirk Corporation Gas Act 1894 (57 & 58 Vict., ch.lxviii) allowed Falkirk Town Council to purchase the two gas companies by then operating in Falkirk and set up a local authority gas company, run by the Gas Commissioners. The existing works were closed down and a new works opened in Thornhill Road, Falkirk in 1906. The gas industry was one of those subject to nationalisation in the 1940s. The Gas Act 1948 (11 & 12 Geo. VI, c.67) established 12 area boards to run the industry, one of which was based in Scotland. The Scottish Board was one of the largest in the UK both geographically and in number of undertakings. It acquired 3 further undertakings from the National Coal Board in 1951. Under the 1948 Act the aims of area gas boards were to develop and maintain an efficient, co-ordinated and economical system of gas supply and coke products. The Scottish Gas Area Board was established under the chairmanship of Sir A G Clow and was required to produce an annual report for the Minister of Power. The gas industry was reorganised in 1970 and the name changed to the Scottish Gas Board and put under the control of the Secretary of State for Scotland. The gas industry was privatized in 1989 and the supply of gas in Falkirk, as in the rest of the UK, became the responsibility of the British Gas Company in the first instance, before becoming later on the concern of various other private companies as well.
Corporate NameFalkirk Gas Commissioners
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