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Gas Prices

Volume 978: debated on Friday 15 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy whether, following the proposed gas price increases, all gas

such as Professor A. Sakharov and Mr. Y. Orlov. in contravention of the human rights provisions of the Helsinki agreement.

Regarding the question of human rights, I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Inverness (Mr. Johnston) on 29 January. The United Kingdom has, of course, discussed the forum with its partners in the Nine and in NATO in the context of its general approach to the CSCE process. Western reprsentation in Hamburg will be by leading personalities in science and will be non-governmental. The United Kingdom scientists attending the forum are listed below. The cost of the forum, as of all other CSCE meetings, to Her Majesty's Government will amount to 8ยท8 per cent. of the total expenditure incurred by the host Government, together with the travel and other expenses of the United Kingdom delegation.

United Kingdom Scientists Attending the CSCE Scientific Forum

Delegation Leader: Lord Todd, OM, FRS.

Deputy Leader: Sir Ieuan Maddock, CB, OBE, FRS.

Professor John Goodwin, MD, FRCP.

Professor Peter Hall, MA, PhD, FRGS.

Sir William Hawthorne, CBE, FRS.

Sir William Henderson, FRS.

Dr. Michael Stoker, CBE, MD, FRP, FRS.

Mr. Keith Wheeler, BSc, FRGS.