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Gas Explosions

Volume 928: debated on Monday 14 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy what was the number of fatalities and injuries in the gas explosions covered by the King Report; and if he will make a statement.

The inquiry's terms of reference do not limit its selection of incidents for examination; such figures as my hon. Friend seeks cannot, therefore, be calculated until its report is available.

asked the Secretary of State for Energy when he expects to receive the report of the King inquiry on gas explosions; and what help was given in the meantime to residents in the affected areas.

Investigations are still proceeding, and it is too early to predict when the report will be ready. I am advised that assistance has been extended as appropriate by the relevant authorities.