§ Mr. Dobson
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what public subsidies have been made available to electricity suppliers in each year since 1983. 
§ Mr. Timms
There have been no public subsidies to electricity suppliers since privatisation. I am not aware of any subsidies before privatisation, but confirmation of this could be made only at disproportionate cost.
The Government have, of course, made a credit facility available to British Energy while the company agrees and implements its restructuring plan.