§ 69. Mr. Biffen
asked the Minister of Technology how many notifications of price increases he has received since 1st December, 1969, from the nationalised industries for which he is responsible; and what action he has taken.
Mr. Man Williams
Two. After examining proposals from the British Steel Corporation and the Gas Council, we accepted the case for increases in the price of iron and steel, and of gas coke. In addition, two gas boards have recently increased some of their service charges.8W
according to spending authority, of the total figures of new construction and improvements and for maintenance, respectively, contained in Table 2.9 of the White Paper on Public Expenditure, 1968–69 to 1973–74, Command Paper No. 4234.