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Electricity (Installations)

Volume 127: debated on Friday 19 February 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what rate of interest Northern Ireland Electricity charges on extended credit for installation costs.

The current rate of interest is 34 per cent. APR: the facility is available only to domestic consumers.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of electricity installation charges are on average attributable to (a) labour, (b) material and (c) other costs.

This information is not readily available and could only he provided by Northern Ireland Electricity at a disproportionate cost. The proportions sought vary widely depending on the nature of the installation and an average figure would therefore have little meaning.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will give the basis on which charges for electricity installation are made by Northern Ireland Electricity.

I refer the hon. Gentleman to the reply I gave to the hon. Gentleman, the Member for Foyle (Mr. Hume) on 16 February 1988 at column 595.