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Electricity Prices

Volume 127: debated on Thursday 11 February 1988

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his latest estimate of the (a) deflationary impact on economic activity and (b) the inflationary impact on prices of the proposed increases in electricity prices.

Subject to the decisions of the area boards, the likely increases in electricity prices will add directly about ΒΌ per cent. to the level of the RPI. Calculating the net impact on activity and inflation would require the simulation of an economic model, and it has not been the practice to publish such estimates.