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 David Heathcoat-Amory David Heathcoat-Amory , Wells 12:00, 24 February 1992

We are anxious that all industrial customers should have access to competitively priced electricity and I am pleased to say that an independent survey showed that in the first year after privatisation three quarters of those customers experienced at least a 10 per cent. reduction in their bills. Any subsequent increases should be seen in that context. Moreover, it should be an embarrassment to the hon. Gentlemen to be reminded that under the last Labour Government prices for domestic customers rose by 22 per cent. in real terms. That was a scandalous neglect of the interests of those customers and it will not be repeated under this Government.