§ Mr. Clapham
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many households in the United Kingdom were not connected to the mains domestic gas supply in (i) 1994–95, (ii) 1995–96, (iii) 1996–97 and (iv) 1997–98. 
§ Mr. Battle
[holding answer 1 February 1999]: I regret that this information is not available from official sources. Unofficial estimates suggest that some 6 million households in Great Britain may not be connected to mains gas supply, including premises where it would not be safe to install gas.