§ Mr. Channon
During 1985 reports were published on the revenue collection systems of four area electricity boards, the British Railways Board: Property Activities, the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board and the British Airports Authority. The report on the water supply services in the Southern water authority's area was published on 16 April 1986 and I hope to publish the report on the South of Scotland Electricity Board during the summer.
The commission is currently investigating the British Steel Corporation and the Post Office's procurement activities.
I decided that in view of current proposals for modernising the Post Office's counters service it would have been inappropriate to proceed with the counters reference planned in 1985.
I am anxious that our commitment to a worthwhile programme of efficiency audits of the public sector should continue. I hope shortly to announce the terms of reference for an inquiry into the British Waterways Board. As soon as the commission completes its outstanding work on the existing inquiries I propose to make references covering the remainder of 1986 including a re-reference of British Rail's network south-east, and an aspect of the Central Electricity Generating Board.