Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - ESB Charges.

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andMr. L. Belton asked the Minister for Transport and Power if permission was sought from his Department by the ESB for the proposed increase in charges; if so, the date of application; and the date on which permission was granted.

The ESB sought approval for an increase in their charges, calculated to produce an overall increase of 7 per cent in their revenue, on 26th August, 1969. Government approval for such an increase, to take effect from 1st January next, was conveyed to the board on 15th October.