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Gas

Volume 976: debated on Tuesday 20 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy what use has been made of section 15 of the Gas Act 1972 covering directions by the Secretary of State requiring the British Gas Corporation to make allocations to reserves since the enactment of the legislation.

asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will give the British Gas Corporation a direction under section 16 of the Gas Act 1972 covering the payment of excess revenue to the Secretary of State to make substantial payments to accompany periodic increases in price of gas foreshadowed by the Government to align fuel prices; and what use has been made of the section over the past seven years.

No. Section 16 of the Gas Act 1972 applies only to those activities of the Corporation falling within paragraph (a) or (b) of section 2(2) of the Act. It does not apply to the main busi ness of purchasing and distributing gas and has never been used.