HC Deb 25 February 1991 vol 186 c343W
Mr. Hardy

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if he will take action to assist heavy energy-using industries which face significantly increasing costs of electricity.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory

The 1991 prices will depend on the outcome of commercial negotiations currently underway. The Government have created a competitive market for electricity supply in which large users are fully able to participate. I do not believe that it would be right for Government to intervene in the market to assist heavy energy-using industries.

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