asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection what consideration has been given by the Price Commission to the Gas Corporation's proposed 32 per cent. increased tariffs for coin-in-the-slot meter users; and if she will make a statement.
The British Gas Corporation's proposal to increase tariffs was considered in the normal way by the Price Commission and found to comply with the terms of the Price Code. Questions on charges are for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Energy, but I understand from him that only the largest prepayment consumers in the North-West area are paying a 32 per cent. increase. Most consumers are paying substantially less than this.