Electricity Prices

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd June 1985.

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Photo of Mr Harry Greenway Mr Harry Greenway , Ealing North 12:00 am, 3rd June 1985

asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will make a statement on the report on two-tier pricing of electricity.

Photo of Mr Alastair Goodlad Mr Alastair Goodlad Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Energy)

The Central Electricity Generating Board and the National Coal Board have put to my Department ideas for reducing further the price of electricity to the largest users. These ideas will be discussed with the industries.

Photo of Mr Harry Greenway Mr Harry Greenway , Ealing North

Does my hon. Friend agree that it is quite wrong for landlords to be able to surcharge tenants for electricity above the rate that they would pay themselves? Will he bring that practice to an end?

Mr. Goodland:

I know that my hon. Friend has taken a great interest in this matter, which has been the subject of a number of inquiries by my right hon. Friend the Secretay of State for Trade and Industry. The Department of Trade and Industry is currently studying a report produced some months ago by the Office of Fair Trading, and I understand that no decisions have yet been taken. I shall ask my right hon. Friend to write to my hon. Friend in due course.