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Fuel Bills

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the (a) mean and (b) median household (i) gas and (ii) electricity bill was in the last period for which figures are available; and if he will estimate the bill paid at each decile of income distribution in each case. (84736)

The Expenditure and Food Survey conducted by the Office for National Statistics showed that in 2004-05 the mean amount spent on gas was £287 per annum, while the mean amount spent on electricity was £313.

The median spend on gas was £271, while the median spend on electricity during 2004-05 was £276.

The amount of spend for the top of each decile in the distribution is shown for both gas and electricity in the table:

£

Annual spend on fuel according to position in spend decile (2004-05)

Decile (top of):

Gas

Electricity

1

0

44

2

0

156

3

130

199

4

221

241

5

271

277

6

325

317

7

373

373

8

445

456

9

577

574

Source: Office for National Statistics

Those in the lowest deciles of gas spend will pay nothing for their fuel due to a lack of connection to the gas network.

The amount spent on gas and electricity by each decile in the income distribution is as follows:

£

Annual spend on fuel per income decile1

Income decile

Gas

Electricity

Lowest

177

219

Second

219

250

Third

240

266

Fourth

266

287

Fifth

287

308

Sixth

292

318

Seventh

308

344

Eighth

339

360

Ninth

349

370

Tenth

417

428

1Source: Family Spending: A Report on the 2004-05 Expenditure and Food Survey (ONS: 2005)