§ Mr. Hardy
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what reduction he expects in production or employment in 1992–93 in those industries which are heavy users of energy as a result of the recent and proposed increases in electricity prices; and what steps he proposes to take to ensure that such developments are minimised.
§ Mr. Redwood
[holding answer 18 February 1992]: The Government are aware of the concerns of large users about electricity prices, and have asked them for more detailed information. But they cannot predict the effects of changes in electricity prices on production or employment.