§ Mr. Gregory
asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he has any plans to seek to introduce competition for external audit work for area electricity boards; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Goodlad
[pursuant to his reply, 24 November 1986, c. 14]: I can now announce that the Secretary of State for Energy has decided, following a competition by submission of tenders, to appoint Messrs. Price 120W Waterhouse as auditors to the Electricity Council and to reappoint Messrs. Ernst & Whinney as auditors to the South Western electricity board. Both appointments will commence with the financial year 1987–88.