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Energy Prices

Volume 454: debated on Thursday 14 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the impact on small businesses of recent rises in energy prices; and if he will make a statement. (108928)

The Government are concerned that business customers, including small businesses, have been affected by the recent rises in energy prices, though small users still pay around the EU median, thanks to our competitive energy market.

A number of initiatives have been launched to help small businesses cope with rising energy prices, such as the joint Energywatch/Federation of Small Businesses “Make the Connection” campaign, and Ofgem’s non-domestic review group.