§ Mr. Austin Mitchell
asked the Secretary of State for Energy if, when he next meets the chairman of the Electricity Council, he will raise with him the scope for reducing electricity tariffs in the light of the recent large fall in the price of crude oil; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Goodlad
Electricity tariffs are a commercial matter for the electricity boards. The CEGB and NCB are discussing the level of coal prices in the light of the fall in the price of oil and the uncertain prospects for the future price of oil. Any tariff changes will depend on the outcome of the discussions.