To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has yet agreed new performance aims for the Scottish electricity boards.
After consultation with the boards I have agreed new cost reduction performance aims for the two-year period to March 1989. The aim for generation and transmission activities is for the boards jointly to reduce controllable unit costs in real terms by 5·7 per cent. by March 1989. Over the same period the South of Scotland Electricity Board will aim to reduce its controllable unit costs of distribution in real terms by 4 per cent. and the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board will seek to reduce this element of its costs by 1 per cent.