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Electricity Prices

Volume 170: debated on Friday 30 March 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Energy (1) if he will consult pensioners' organisations, local authorities, the electricity consultative councils and the proposed new electricity consumer committees before allowing the price increases proposed for the below 1 MW tariff market in England and Wales for the year commencing 1 April to proceed;(2) if he will permit the Director General of Electricity Supply and the electricity consumer committee to review retrospectively the price increases applying to the tariff market in England and Wales from 1 April and announced during March; and if he will make a statement;(3) if he will permit the Director General of Electricity Supply to review the pricing arrangement for above 1 MW and less than 1 MW, pursuant to the Electricity Act 1989 and vesting day on 31 March;(4) if he will require the Director General of Electricity Supply on 1 April to review the proposed price increases for the below 1 MW captive tariff market, as though the price increases had been announced on 1 April or thereafter.

Prices are a matter for the individual boards concerned, subject to their statutory and other obligations. All the boards have consulted their respective consultative councils about their proposals. I have no reason to believe that the boards have acted unlawfully in fixing their tariffs.