§ 6. Mr. Timmons
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what has been the reduction in the consumption of electricity for industrial purposes in Lanarkshire and the reduction in the consumption of gas for the same purpose during the past six months, respectively.
§ Mr. Shinwell
Comparisons of consumption of gas and electricity between the present and six months ago is of little value because of seasonal variations. However, the information available from gas and electricity undertakings indicates that compared with the corresponding period last year there has, in Lanarkshire, been a reduction in the industrial consumption of gas of about 25 per cent. and of about 12 per cent. in the consumption of electricity. I have no reliable information on the quantities of gas and electricity made by industrial firms in Lanarkshire for their own use.