§ 39. Mr. Hooley
asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will take steps to prevent the Yorkshire Electricity Board from raising certain domestic off-peak storage tariffs by 70 per cent.: and if he will make a statement.
Mr. David Stoddard
asked the Secretary of State for Energy, in view of the fact that the new charges for off-peak electricity bear more heavily than was expected on certain consumers, whether he will issue a general direction to boards to redistribute the impact of their new tariffs so that relief is afforded for domestic off-peak users.
§ Miss Fookes
asked the Secretary of State for Energy if, in view of the evidence of the impact of the new off-peak tariffs on domestic consumers, he will direct the electricity boards to adjust the incidence of the new charges in their favor, and to cease the sales promotion of off-peak appliances.
§ Mr. Eadie
No. I would refer the hon. Member to my replies to the hon. Members for Derbyshire, South-East (Mr. Rost) and Conway (Mr. Roberts) on 1st April and 8th May respectively and to my hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield, Heeley (Mr. Hooley) today. Off-peak and night rates will still be much cheaper than the unrestricted rates, and the promotion of appliances, which are also sold by private retailers, is a matter for the boards' commercial judgment.