HC Deb 28 May 1968 vol 765 cc1508-9
4. Mr. Lane

asked the Minister of Power what action he is taking in accordance with Government policy to secure lower fuel prices for consumers.

Mr. Freeson

The White Paper on Fuel Policy (Cmnd. 3438) sets out the Government's position on this.

Mr. Lane

Is the Government confident, after the recent increases in price of gas, electricity and coke, that consumers, including coal consumers, can now expect that there will at least be no further increases before the end of next year?

Mr. Freeson

That is a very general question following on from the previous one. No Minister is in a position to answer at any particular moment when there will be a price increase of any kind in the nationalised industries. I can give a general undertaking, as I have in the House before, that there is not likely to be a series of increases in these industries for some time to come.