HC Deb 03 November 1989 vol 159 cc372-3W
Mr. David Martin

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what information he has on the competitive structure of the United Kingdom electricity industry and other member nations of the EEC.

Mr. Michael Spicer

The electricity industries of EC member states show a variety of structures. Some are dominated by a single state monopoly; in others, dominant generators play a significant role in transmission; regional monopolies in supply are also common. In England and Wales, the Government are putting in place a competitive structure. Use of the distribution and transmission system will be open to all on published and regulated terms. There will be competition between generators from day one. And the market in supply to customers will be progressively opened up to competition. There will be no permanent monopolies in supply or generation.