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Electricity Industry (Privatisation)

Volume 124: debated on Monday 14 December 1987

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37.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what further advice he has received from Lord Marshall and the Central Electricity Generating Board on proposals for the privatisation of the electricity supply industry; and if he intends to act upon them.

I regularly meet Lord Marshall to discuss a range of issues concerning the privatisation of the electricity supply industry. I shall of course take into account his advice when developing proposals for the future of the industry.

49.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy when he last met the chairmen of the area electricity boards to discuss privatisation of the industry.

52.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy when he last met the chairmen of the area electricity boards to discuss privatisation of the industry.

I refer my hon. Friends to the answer given to my hon. Friend the Member for Cambridgeshire, North-East (Mr. Moss) earlier today.

54.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what recent representations he has received regarding the proposed privatisation of the electricity industry.

I have received representations from electricity consumers, unions, other nationalised industries and other interested parties and will take these into account when considering proposals for the privatisation of the industry.

58.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what consideration he will give, in the course of preparation for the privatisation of the electricity supply industry, to the specific requirements of final consumers and the case for rationalisation in electricity distribution.

We are currently developing our proposals for the privatisation of the electricity supply industry. The protection of consumers' interests is being given a top priority. No decisions have yet been taken on the future structure of the industry.

60.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy when he last met the chairman of the Electricity Council to discuss privatisation of the industry.

I refer my hon. Friend to the reply given to my hon. Friend the Member for Portsmouth, South (Mr. Martin) today.