HC Deb 17 October 1994 vol 248 c158W
Mr. Austin Mitchell

To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will give the change to output and employment in the import-saving and export industries, since 1990; and if he will publish a table showing the peak output in each of the principal import-competing and export industries since 1988, the subsequent low., and the latest figure.

Mr. Needham

The principal import and export competing industries can be defined as those industries where total United Kingdom overseas trade—imports plus exports—exceeded £5 billion in 1992. On this basis six industries are identified.

privatisation of electricity generators distributors in (a) their labour and labour unit costs, (b) the unit cost of energy consumed or electricity received and (c) the margin of profit and rate of return on capital; and what is the percentage difference between the return on capital on the basis of historic costs and that in manufacturing industry.

Mr. Charles Wardle

This is a matter for the companies concerned. The Director General of Electricity Supply has recently investigated aspects of performance in the electricity industry, and published two reports "Decision on a Monopolies and Mergers Commission Reference" and "The Distribution Price Control: Proposals". I have arranged for copies of these reports to be placed in the Library of the House.

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