HC Deb 05 June 1972 vol 838 cc14-5
19. Dr. Marshall

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will introduce legislation to provide machinery for the enforcement of maximum resale prices of electricity determined in accordance with Section 29 of the Electricity Act, 1957.

Mr. Emery

No, Sir—for the reasons explained in the reply to the hon. Member's Question on 28th February.—[Vol. 832, c. 31–2.]

Dr. Marshall

Is the Minister aware that Section 29 of the Act is useless in practical terms without legal machinery for enforcement, and will the Government take note of the fact that tenants themselves are reluctant to challenge landlords who overcharge?

Mr. Emery

I realise that there is a serious problem here, and it is for that reason that a major campaign is to be waged to publicise the rights which exist under present legislation about maximum resale prices of both electricity and gas.

Mr. Palmer

Could the Minister state how many actions have been brought under Section 29?

Mr. Emery

I am sorry—not without notice.