HC Deb 17 December 1985 vol 89 cc124-5W
Mr. Corbyn

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is the estimated income from standing charges for gas and electricity for each year since 1979.

Mr. Buchanan-Smith

The estimated incomes from standing charges for the British Gas Corporation and the electricity supply industry in England and Wales are some £600 million and £550 million, respectively, per year at present. Information in the detail requested is not readily available, and is a matter for the industries. I have therefore asked the chairmen to write to the hon. Member.