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Sir Edward Ashmore

Volume 955: debated on Thursday 3 August 1978

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asked the Prime Minister why permission was granted in July to Admiral of the Fleet Sir Edward Ashmore to take up full-time employment with RACAL, a firm engaged in military electronics with which the Ministry of Defence has contractual relations, within two years of leaving his post in Whitehall in August 1977.

Admiral of the Fleet Sir Edward Ashmore applied under the business appointments rules to take up a part-time appointment with Racal Limited. These rules were announced by my right hon. Friend the Member for Huyton in reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Ealing North on 3rd July 1975, and a memorandum setting them out is in the Library. Sir Edward Ashmore's application was scrutinised by the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, to which I refer cases at this level, and at least 3 months elapsed between his leaving office and taking up the Racal appointment. I am satisfied that Sir Edward Ashmore had had no official dealings with Racal Limited and that there is no suspicion of impropriety attaching to the appointment.

DisconnectionsTotal disconnections as a percentage of total credit consumersDisconnectionsTotal domestic disconnections as a percentage of average domestic credit consumers
1970–7125,100*0·31Not availableNot available
1975–7639,842*0·37125,483 (estimated †)0·78
Quarter ending:
30th June 1972¶8,229*Not available
30th September 19729,810*
31st December 19728,085*
31st March 19736,810*
30th June 19739,953*
30th September 19739,157*
31st December 19736,333*
31st March 19747,258*
30th June 19749,106*
30th September 197410,179*
31st December 19747,919*
31st March 19757,668*
30th June 197511,703*35,730‡0·22§
30th September 197513,997*35,560‡0·22§
31st December 19757,831*30,210‡0·19§
31st March 19766,311*23,983‡0·15§
30th June 19769,642*31,941║0·20§
30th September 197613,574*33,534║0·21§
31st December 19769,408*24,873║0·15§
31st March 19776,327*13,593║0·08§
30th June 19779,835†23,961║0·15§
30th September 197713,480†28,509║0·17§
31st December 19779,694†17,587║0·11§
31st March 19787,375†18,008║0·1§
* These figures include a small number of non-domestic disconnections.
† Domestic credit consumers only.
‡ Estimated centrally to revised definition.
§ Based on estimated figures of domestic credit consumers at quarter ends. These quarterly percentages are not available for gas.
║ From 1st April 1976 these figures are being collected on a revised basis to exclude those which do not relate to domestic premises in regular occupation such as holiday homes, premises to be demolished and industrial and commercial premises.
¶ If Quarterly figures for gas prior to quarter ending June 1972 are not available