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Oil Heating Installations (Advertising)

Volume 721: debated on Thursday 25 November 1965

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asked the Minister of Power by what authority the privately-owned oil industry has been asked to stop advertising because the gas and electricity supply industries had advertised services which they proved unable to provide.

No specific authority is necessary for the Government to discuss matters of national interest with private industry. I explained to the leading oil companies the action which the nationalised industries were taking to suspend advertising for the next three months. I was informed of the companies' intentions and was satisfied that the scale of their advertising of oil heating in the next month or two would be modest and limited.