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Gas Prices

Volume 990: debated on Monday 4 August 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will list the names of organisations which have made representations to him regarding the prices charged by the British Gas Corporation in line with Government policies; what fears have been expressed to him about employment prospects as a result of these prices in the face of lower continental prices; and if he will make a statement.

Kingdom; and if he will compare them with the level on 1 August and 1 February for each of the previous five years.

Information on coal stocks is published in my Department's monthly bulletin Energy Trends and in the annual "Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics", copies of which are available in the Library of the House. The latest available information is for end June, 1980. For convenience, these figures, with comparable figures at six monthly intervals for the previous five years, are tabulated below:

Since 1 January 1980 the organisations listed below have made representations to my Department about the price of domestic and industrial gas. In addition, representations have been received from 90 companies, some of whom have expressed fears about employment prospects. As regards industrial gas prices in Britain and on the continent, I refer my hon. Friend to my reply to the right hon. Member for Doncaster (Mr. Walker) on 31 July.The evidence available for the first quarter of this year does not suggest that on average industrial gas prices are higher in Britain than in other EEC countries.

  • Association of Conservative Clubs Ltd.
  • Biddulph Town Council
  • Blackburn Conservative and Unionist Association
  • Bristol S. E. Conservative Association
  • British Pensioners and Trade Union Action Committee
  • Chemical Industries Association
  • Cleethorpes Borough Council
  • Conservative Trade Unionists
  • Council of Ironfoundry Associations
  • Erdington Conservative and Unionist Association
  • Flixton Conservative Branch
  • Garforth Conservative Association
  • General & Municipal Workers Union
  • Glass Manufacturers Federation
  • Great Yarmouth Trades Council
  • Hull and District Association of Master Bakers
  • Manchester Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • National Farmers Union
  • National Federation of Clay Industries
  • National Federation of Self Employed and Small Businesses Ltd.
  • National Guild of Co-operators, Eastfield Branch
  • National Labour Womens Advisory Committee
  • National Union of Agricultural and Allied Workers
  • National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations
  • Newport and District Liberal Association
  • Potters Bar Labour Party
  • Shipley Conservative Association
  • South Angus Conservative Association
  • Southern Gas Consumers Council
  • South Western Gas Consumers Council
  • Staffordshire Moorlands District Council
  • Teesside Pensioners Association
  • Torbay Conservative Association
  • Tyne and Wear County Council
  • Walton-on-the-Naze Residents Association
  • West Bromwich Trades Council
  • Westwood Branch Labour Party
  • Womens Gas Federation, Young Homemakers