HC Deb 16 January 1978 vol 942 c14W
Mr. Craigen

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what was the take-up rate in the electricity discount scheme in 1976–77, and so far in 1977–78; how much was spent on advertising and publicising the scheme in 1976–77; and what is planned for in respect of 1977–78.

Mr. Eadie

Some 1.6 million people received the discount in 1977—nearly 70 per cent. of those estimated to be able to claim. Publicity for the 1977 scheme cost just under £100,000. A provision of £250,000 has been made for 1978 to cover more frequent Press advertising and wider distribution of the explanatory literature

We expect a higher take-up this year, but the scheme has only just started and no figures will be available for at least a month.

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