HC Deb 05 February 1998 vol 305 cc783-4W
34. Mr. Lansley

To ask the President of the Board of Trade if she will make a statement on the future of competition in the electricity industry. [25720]

Mr. Battle

PA and OFFER have recommended that the roll out of electricity supply competition start in September and the industry has endorsed this proposal. Customers will benefit from new price controls which will take effect on 1 April and from penalties on the public electricity suppliers which will take effect from the end of April.