§ Mr. Michael Brown
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to his answer of 1 March,Official Report, column 190, what information he has as to what proportion of production costs firm gas accounts for in (a) the steel forgings industry and (b) the steel castings industry.
§ Mr. Atkins
According to the latest five-yearly inquiry, gas purchasing amounted to just under 2 per cent. of the production costs of the forging, pressing and stamping industry (including steel forging) and the ferrous metal foundries industry (including steel castings) in 1984. Data for firm gas alone, or for all gas to the specific industry sectors, are not available to me.