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Electricity Privatisation

Volume 130: debated on Monday 28 March 1988

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16.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what organisations he has consulted since the publication of his White Paper on electricity privatisation.

I am now discussing detailed arrangements with a wide range of parties, including the management, the unions and consumer bodies.

24.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what requirement he has placed upon the Central Electricity Generating Board to ensure that any coal-fired power stations sold by it to other generators maintain the highest standards of pollution control of gas and particulate emission, noise and wind-borne dust.

It is the responsibility of Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Pollution to determine whether and to what extent pollution control equipment is required at such stations. The level of noise generated is a matter for the appropriate local authority.

25.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy how many organisations have written to him as a result of the publication of his White Paper on electricity privatisation.

I have received representations from electricity consumers, unions, other interested bodies and nationalised industries and members of the public both before and since the publication of the White Paper.

46.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if he will list his official outside advisers, including City institutions and others, who are being consulted on future plans for electricity privatisation.

My official outside advisers on electricity privatisation are Kleinwort Benson Limited, Touche Ross and Co., Slaughter and May, Merz and McLellan, and Professor Stephen Littlechild of Birmingham university.

47.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what representations he has received in connection with the powers of the regulator proposed by him for the electricity supply industry after privatisation.

I have received a number of representations on the proposed powers of the regulator.