Gas Supplies

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Energy – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th June 1979.

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Photo of Mr Dudley Smith Mr Dudley Smith , Warwick and Leamington 12:00 am, 11th June 1979

Is my hon. Friend aware that about a quarter of the population of this country does not have a gas supply and that many of those who are deprived live in villages near large urban areas? Does he not think, in view of the fuel crisis, that the gas industry should be playing a much more significant part in providing alternative sources of energy, particularly for heating?