How can the hon. Gentleman say that these figures are not available when I have had such figures provided by Ministers in each of the past 10 years? Why cannot we have a British gas industry supplying gas at British prices? Does not the hon. Gentleman realise that it makes it difficult for unionists such as myself to argue a fully convincing case against the Scottish nationalists if we cannot at least have a British price for British gas?
The supplementary question that the hon. Gentleman puts, with some humour, does not really arise from his main Question. It is a fact that landings of gas in Scotland are at exactly the same price as for the rest of Britain, but, as I have explained to the hon. Member in various previous answers, the increased cost arises from distribution costs and problems of geography. As he put it himself at one time, the reason for this is that we have some independence in relation to gas.
That would be rather difficult, because there will not be any gas available for the system from Scottish waters before late 1977, and this does not affect the current gas tariff.