HC Deb 05 February 1997 vol 289 c626W
37. Mr. Stewart

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what analysis he has carried out of the effects on the Scottish economy of the privatisation of the Scottish electricity companies; and if he will make a statement. [12919]

Mr. Kynoch

My right hon. Friend is confident that the increased competition in the electricity market resulting from the privatisation of ScottishPower and Scottish Hydro-Electric, and the freedom of these companies from state interference, has been beneficial to Scotland.