asked the Secretary of State for Energy what steps he has taken to encourage the introduction of energy stamps, on sale through gas and electricity boards showrooms and post offices, as a means of helping consumers to save for their quarterly fuel bills.
[pursuant to his reply, 8 February 1980, c. 363]: Agreement has been reached between the Electricity Council, the British Gas Corporation and the National Federation of Sub-Postmasters for the sale of electricity and gas saving stamps by the federation's members. Stamps will be made available by the industries from 2 June to individual sub-postmasters wishing to sell them. There are nearly 20,000 sub-post offices in England and Wales. The Government welcome this agreement, which will provide a helpful extension to the industries' existing " pay-as-you-go " scheme, particularly in outlying areas where the industries do not have showrooms.