§ Mr. Critchley
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he has considered the report of the efficiency audit of the Northern Ireland Electricity Service's activity commissioned by him and carried out by Beecom Management Consultants Ltd.; and if he will make a statement.498W
§ Mr. Butler
The report of the consultants was published on 22 September and copies were placed in the Library. The consultants' overall conclusion was that NIES' s activities were generally organised and performed effectively and economically within existing constraints. The report also contains a number of recommendations aimed at further improvement of the service's performance. The Northern Ireland Department of Ecomomic Development and NIES are together following up these recommendations with a view to agreeing medium-term strategic objectives for the service.