Electricity Disconnections

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Energy – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24 February 1992.

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Photo of Mr Harry Barnes Mr Harry Barnes , North East Derbyshire 12:00, 24 February 1992

The reason why there are fewer disconnections is that the electricity companies have introduced card meters, so that people cut themselves off rather than having to be cut off by the electricity companies. Moreover, there is an absence of facilities for obtaining cards for the meters, so that many people who have to use them have to spend a considerable amount of money on travelling to get hold of cards. As the meters are now in operation, will the Minister take action to ensure that dispenser facilities are more widely available?