HC Deb 25 March 1991 vol 188 c277W
21. Mr. Day

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what proportion of United Kingdom energy production was state owned(a) in 1979 and (b) since the privatisation of National Power and PowerGen; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Wakeham

In 1979 about 45 per cent. of United Kingdom production of primary fuels was by nationalised industries. It is estimated that the proportion now is about 32 per cent.

In terms of the proportion of final energy consumption in the United Kingdom supplied by nationalised industries, this represents a change from 59 per cent. in 1979 to about 8 per cent. now.