HC Deb 22 January 1980 vol 977 c124W
37. Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Employment to what extent the recently announced increases in gas and electricity charges will increase the cost of living and raise inflation.

Mr. Jim Lester

As stated by my noble Friend the Earl of Gowrie in another place on 16 January the April increases will add to the retail prices index about ½ per cent. in the case of electricity and ½ per cent. in that of gas, spread over the subsequent three months; and the October domestic gas increase will add a further 0.16 per cent.