§ Mr. Dobson
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy whether a uniform tariff policy will he maintained after electricity privatisation.
§ Mr. Wakeham
Tariffs are a matter for the industry subject to its statutory and other obligations. However, I refer the hon. Member to the statement given by my hon. Friend the Minister of State, Scottish Office on 26 January 1989 during the Committe stage of the Electricity Bill that the area board chairmen in England and Wales, and the chairman of the South of Scotland electricity board have given an assurance that they expect to maintain common tariffs for domestic consumers for five years from privatisation.