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Volume 939: debated on Friday 25 November 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is the status of the planning letter he proposes to issue to the energy industries; and if he will indicate whether it is intended that the private sector shall also be a recipient.

The planning letter forms an integral part of the corporate planning system which my Department and the nationalised energy industries have jointly developed over the past year or so. It is intended to record my first response to important matters in an industry's latest corporate plan; to convey further policy guidelines for the future; and to mention specific matters to be specially featured in the next corporate plan.These arrangements do not extend to the private sector.

I am sending the hon. Member a copy of the report of the Working Group on Energy Strategy which explains the corporate planning system more fully.