HC Deb 12 November 1980 vol 992 c200W
Mr. David Steel

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received about the serious impact of gas contract prices upon the competitiveness of Scottish industry; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Younger

I have received a small number of representations, particularly from the paper and board industry, to the effect that current gas contract prices are detrimental to the competitiveness of Scottish industry. I recognise the widespread concern on this issue and the Government are giving careful consideration to the representations received. The CBI is undertaking a study of comparative energy prices in the United Kingdom and overseas; I await the results with interest.