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Orders of the Day — Electricity Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 9:12 pm on 13th December 1988.

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Photo of Mr Cecil Parkinson Mr Cecil Parkinson , Hertsmere 9:12 pm, 13th December 1988

Clause 31 is straightforward. At the moment, a cost for nuclear energy is built into an electricity bill. It is being paid now. It has been paid for the past 30 years. We are isolating it and demonstrating exactly what it is. If there is a difference between that and fossil fuel prices, we shall spread it over all fossil fuels. It is not a new tax or anything invented; it identifies the expense.

Let me make one other point. The hon. Gentleman has probably forgotten that the AGR programme was imposed on Britain by a Labour Government.