§ 56. Mr. Booth
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many persons were thrown out of work in Barrow-in-Furness in the week commencing Sunday, 13th February, solely as a result of the failure of the North-Western Divisional Office of his Department to consult with companies regarding the best means of reducing by 50 per cent. the industrial electrical consumption.
§ Mr. Ridley
The electricity crisis affected some 9,500 workers in Barrow last week. I am afraid the nature of the electricity supply system does not allow tailor-made arrangement for every firm in the country.