§ Lady Hermon
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether she raised the effect of gas transportation tariffs on Northern Ireland when she met representatives of Centrica on 6 December 2001; and if she will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Wilson
I met representatives of Centrica on 6 December 2001 when we discussed a number of issues in confidence and, under Exemption 13 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information, it would be inappropriate to go into detail.
Gas is transported to Northern Ireland under the terms of a commercial contract. This contract is a matter for the parties involved.