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Energy: Meters

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will publish the report he commissioned from Mott McDonald on smart meters; with which organisations he has discussed the report; and what the timetable is for the introduction of such meters. (198054)

My Department is currently working up its impact assessment on smart metering, which will take account of the analysis by Mott MacDonald, as well as that of a number of other organisations. The Mott MacDonald report, with other analysis, will be published later this month, together with the Government's impact assessment and their response to the metering and billing consultation. As part of this process, my Department has held discussions with a range of interested parties, including gas and electricity suppliers, meter owners and service providers, Ofgem and Energywatch. The Government will set out their views on the next steps on smart metering shortly.