HC Deb 28 June 1974 vol 875 cc553-4W
Mr. David Steel

asked the Secretary of State for Energy whether he will give a general directive to electricity boards to keep separate accounts for their contracting activities on a profitable commercial basis so as to avoid unfair competition with private electrical contractors.

Mr. Varley

The area electricity boards publish a separate account for their contracting and sales of appliances, and in their 1973–74 accounts boards will be including improvements to show more precise allocation of costs to these activities. I will consider whether the industry should further distinguish in its accounts between the two activities.

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