§ Sir M. Galpern
asked the First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Economic Affairs by what criteria he differentiates between the increased charges announced by the London Electricity Board and the South of Scotland Electricity Board, respectively, resulting in the former increases being remitted for investigation to the National Board for Prices and Incomes while a 317W request for similar action in the case of the latter increases was refused; and if, in view of this fact, and of the public reaction to the South of Scotland Electricity Board's increases he will now remit their new charges to the National Board for Prices and Incomes.
§ Mr. George Brown
All cases are considered individually on their merits. In deciding whether or not to refer these two increases to the National Board for Prices and Incomes, I took account of all the relevant considerations including, in the case of the London Electricity Board the statement issued by the London Electricity Consultative Council. It is not my intention to refer the increased prices of the South of Scotland Electricity Board.