The honeymoon period for gas consumers around the world following deregulation legislation seems to be over, according to the international gas price survey conducted by National Utility Services. Generally speaking prices have been responding to demand and to rising oil prices. In 2000, USA gas prices climbed 25.1 per cent to 1.5 cents/kWh, by 3.3 per cent to 0.88 pence in the UK and 12.6 per cent to 1.4 pence in Germany. The highest rises were recorded in Belgium (56.6 per cent), South Africa (52.8 per cent) Canada (41.2 per cent) and Spain (41.3 per cent).