HC Deb 18 July 1994 vol 247 cc22-3W
Mr. Kirkwood

To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he plans to introduce legislation in the next parliamentary Session to regulate the gas industry.

Mr. Eggar

The Government intend, subject to the availability of parliamentary time, to introduce legislation to provide the basis for the new regulatory system to come into operation by April 1996. The legislative programme for the next Session has not been finalised, so I cannot say at this stage whether time will be found for a Gas Bill in 1994–95.