HC Deb 28 May 1968 vol 765 c1512
20. Mr. G. Campbell

asked the Minister of Power whether he will make a statement on his discussions with the Gas Council about price reductions for consumers converted to natural gas.

Mr. Freeson

This is primarily a matter for area gas boards to settle in discussion with their consultative councils, though my right hon. Friend is kept informed of the policies that boards are adopting.

Mr. Campbell

Is the hon. Gentleman satisfied that any reductions by area boards will strike an appropriate balance between industrial and domestic users?

Mr. Freeson

The gas boards are conducting their policies according to the requirements laid on them by Statute not to exercise undue preference in these matters.

Dr. Gray

Why is Great Yarmouth to be one of the last towns to be converted to natural gas when it is one of the nearest to the source of discovery?

Mr. Freeson

I am not in a position to answer that question now, but if my hon. Friend will write to the Gas Council I am sure that he will receive an explanation.