To ask the Minister for Industry and Commerce if he is aware that the Mountmellick Gas Company (Messrs. Anderson, Ltd., London), have increased their pre-war price of Gas of 5/- per 1,000 to 15/- per 1,000 at present; whether he is aware that, owing to reduction in price of coal, etc., the Portlaoighise Company have reduced their price to 10/- per 1,000 for the past two years, and whether, in view of the repeated and unsuccessful representations made by the consumers and residents to this Company, if he will approach them with a view to having the present exorbitant prices considerably reduced.

The Mountmellick Gas Company is not a statutory undertaking and I have consequently no control over the charges made by it. I will, however, communicate with the Company on the question of its prices, and will inform the Deputy of the result.