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Energy: Meters

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what the Government's strategy is on increasing take-up of smart meters; and what discussions has he had with the Energy Retail Association on this matter; (192495)

(2) what assessment he has made of the take-up of smart meters; and what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues in the Department for Communities and Local Government on the use of smart meters in (a) new and (b) existing stock.

My Department has consulted on a range of metering and billing proposals, and has held discussions with a range of interested parties, including other Government Departments and gas and electricity suppliers. We will shortly respond to the consultation. In doing so, we will set out our views on the next steps on smart metering.