§ Mr. Rost
asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will report progress on the implementation of the scheme proposed by the National Coal Board and the Central Electricity Generating Board to offer reduced electricity tariffs to large industrial consumers; and if he has any plans to introduce legislation to permit preferential supplies of coal or electricity.
§ Mr. Goodlad
Discussions are continuing between the electricity supply industry and the NCB on a possible commercial arrangement to supply lower cost electricity to very large industrial users. I have no plans at present to introduce legislation on preferential supplies of coal or electricity.