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Volume 124: debated on Wednesday 16 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what subsidies have been paid to energy industries since 1970; and what contributions in terms of taxation and levies have been made by those industries to the Exchequer over the same period.

The full range of data sought could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The publicly owned energy industries give details in their annual reports and accounts of the principal grants, taxes and levies in the areas for which my Department is responsible; and my Department's annual Brown Book gives taxes attributable to United Kingdom oil production. These documents are available in the Library of the House.