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Electricity Privatisation

Volume 171: debated on Tuesday 1 May 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Energy which agencies have been chosen to carry out the electricity privatisation advertising campaign.

The Department and the regional electricity companies are currently in the process of selecting an advertising agency to carry out a campaign to inform the public of the flotation of the distribution companies. An announcement of the successful candidate will be made in due course.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what is his current estimate of the cost of the electricity privatisation advertising campaign.

It is too early to make a reliable estimate of the cost of the advertising campaigns to inform the public of the flotations of the electricity supply industry in England and Wales. The full costs of the privatisation, including advertising costs, will be made available to Parliament in the normal way.