Nationalised Industries and Local Authorities (Fuels)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Power – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th May 1965.

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Photo of Mr Frederick Lee Mr Frederick Lee , Newton 12:00 am, 25th May 1965

My skill in answering is a direct reflection of the lack of skill of hon. Members opposite in asking. The electricity industry, which, as I have said, is by far the biggest customer of the Coal Board, will naturally make the bigger contribution. Discussions are still going on between the Coal Board and the Central Electricity Generating Board as to the actual amounts, but they are ordering forward and stocking more than would otherwise be the case.

There is also the domestic market. As the hon. Member knows, we are asking local authorities and others to help in this. The degree of success we achieve in the domestic market will represent the difference in the two figures on the cost.