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Volume 115: debated on Wednesday 6 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will list those measures taken by his Department since 1979 which have benefited specifically the borough of Bournemouth.

The Government's approach to energy questions is necessarily a national one. However, consumers in Bournemouth have benefited from our determination to keep supplies flowing. The improved efficiency of the gas and electricity industries has meant that domestic prices have fallen in real terms since the last election, electricity by 12 per cent. on average and gas by 8 per cent.Our energy efficiency campaign has been taken directly to Bournemouth, including a briefing when my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Energy discussed with senior managers of locally based industry ways in which energy efficiency measures could benefit them.