§ 17. Mr. Chisholm
To ask the President of the Board of Trade what recent representations he has received regarding the ownership of the electricity and water companies. 
§ Mr. Chisholm
The Minister made no attempt to answer earlier questions on the subject—perhaps because of his disagreements with the President of the Board of Trade. Will the hon. Gentleman lay down even one principle in place of the confusion and chaos that currently typify Government policy? Will he acknowledge that consumer interests should take precedence over takeover and dividend mania? Will he be more ready in future to refer bids to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission?