HC Deb 28 February 1972 vol 832 c18W
83. Mr. John D. Grant

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what new financial criteria he proposes to establish for the nationalised industries, in the light of the Wilberforce Report on the coal industry dispute, in order that social costs incurred may be fully acknowledged.

Mr. John Davies

I have already said that I should be reviewing the whole financial position of the N.C.B. in the light of the implementation of the Wilberforce conclusions. However, the existing criteria provide a basis on which to consider the financial treatment of the social objectives to which Lord Wilberforce referred.

Mr. Dixon

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT lists setting out the average price of the commodities produced by the nationalised industries from 1964–65 to the present time, namely, coal, pithead proceeds, per ton, gas, revenue, pence per therm, and electricity, revenue, pence per kilowatt.

Mr. Ridley

The information for coal, gas and electricity—England and Wales only—is published in the 1970–71 Reports and Accounts of the National Coal Board, Gas Council and Electricity Council respectively. The 1971 Digest of Energy Statistics gives information on electricity for the whole of Great Britain.

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