HC Deb 25 July 1979 vol 971 cc238-9W
Mr. Thompson

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what decision he has taken on the organisation of the electricity supply industry in England and Wales and on the need for legislation.

Mr. David Howell

There are, I know, widely held views that the present situation is not satisfactory. I do not rule out that legislation may be needed to effect desirable changes. But I prefer to seek improvements without legislation if at all possible. I am therefore requesting the chairmen of the electricity boards to work more closely with the Electricity Council under the chairmanship of Sir Francis Tombs in the development of industry-wide policies.