HC Deb 14 January 1980 vol 976 c1194
12. Mr. Waldegrave

asked the Secretary of State for Energy when last he met the chairman of the Electricity Council.

Mr. Norman Lamont

My right hon. Friend and I keep in close touch with the chairman of the Electricity Council and I met him last week.

Mr. Waldegrave

Next time my hon. Friend meets the chairman, will he consider telling him that the Government have abandoned Lord Plowden's plans for the reorganisation and centralisation of the electricity supply industry as being an unnecessary hangover of a now defunct fashion for centralisation?

Mr. Lamont

My right hon. Friend has already made a statement on the reorganisation of the industry. He has indicated his preference for seeking desirable changes without legislation if that is possible. However, he also said that legislation was not ruled out if it proved to be necessary. I shall certainly bear in mind my hon. Friend's views as he has considerable experience in this industry.

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