HC Deb 06 March 2002 vol 381 cc353-4W
Mr. Grogan

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will publish a list of the priority end users under the network gas supply emergency procedure. [40051]

Mr. Wilson

DTI does not hold copies of these lists. As the procedures to which my hon. Friend refers state, these lists are held and maintained by Transco Local Distribution Zones. The lists are kept up to date locally with advice from gas shippers and suppliers to ensure that the details are as accurate as possible.

The prioritisation process was agreed after an extensive public consultation period. As the Network Gas Supply Procedures make clear, the first priority is to maintain domestic supply. If it is possible and necessary to implement the priority gas consumer arrangements, generally speaking, hospitals and those caring for the sick will receive priority.

I have placed copies of the categorisation of priorities in the Libraries of the House.

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