§ Mr. Jim Cunningham
To ask the President of the Board of Trade what plans she has to exclude the sick, the incapable and those on Fuel Direct from the proposed levy on electricity users for the extension of the Prepayment Meter Scheme. 
§ Mr. Battle
[holding answer 23 February 1998]: The review of utility regulation has not yet been completed. Until that time, it would be wrong of me to respond to speculation on issues which fall under its remit. I would, however, encourage my hon. Friend to participate fully in the consultation process which will follow publication of the review's findings.