Orders of the Day — Electricity Surcharge (Scottish Islands)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 9:06 pm on 1st May 1980.

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Photo of Mr Jo Grimond Mr Jo Grimond , Orkney and Shetland 9:06 pm, 1st May 1980

But does not the Under-Secretary remember that the board carried on an advertising campaign to encourage people to use electricity when gas was closed down in Orkney? A great campaign was mounted saying how splendid electricity was. We were encouraged to put in more and more electrical apparatus. The board now has the effrontery to say that that was all wrong and that electricity must now be conserved by doubling the price.