To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if he will seek permission from the BBC for a transcript of the interviews on the privatisation of the electricity supply industry by the Under-Secretary of State, the hon. Member for Worcestershire, South (Mr. Spicer) and the hon. Member for Sedgefield (Mr. Blair) on the "Today" programme on Radio Four, broadcast on 17 January; and if he will place copies in the departmental and House of Commons Libraries.
§ Mr. Parkinson
No. I understand that the Library of the House does obtain transcripts from the broadcasters on behalf of hon. Members.
§ Mr. Thurnham
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if he will make a statement about arrangements for allocation of shares in the electrical industry on privatisation.
§ Mr. Michael Spicer
Decisions on the arrangements for the allocation of shares will be taken much nearer the time of the offers for sale.