§ 35. Mr. G. GIBSON
asked the Minister of Transport if he is aware that a number of leather factories in Bermondsey have closed recently due to the heavy costs of production in that area; that the charges for electricity for power for large consumers in that borough are nearly three times as great as in some other London areas; and if he will have an investigation made with a view to reducing the burdens on manufacturers using electricity in that area?
§ Mr. PARKINSON
I have been asked to reply. My hon. Friend is not aware of the circumstances referred to in the first part of this question. His information is to the effect that the average price charged for electricity supplied for power in Bermondsey is, in the case of one of the undertakers, slightly higher, in the case of the other, slightly lower than the average price charged in the London area. If, however, the hon. Member will give my hon. Friend further particulars he will look into the matter further.
§ Mr. GIBSON
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the charge for power in Bermondsey is 2d. a unit, while in the next parish of Camberwell it is less than 1d.?