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Metering: Finance

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the provision of smart meters on a national basis, broken down by main budget heading. (197739)

The Government are currently working up their impact assessment of smart metering, and will publish that assessment later this month, together with the Government’s response to the metering and billing consultation. The assessment will include a detailed examination of costs and benefits.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent representations he has received from companies associated with smart-meter production or sales. (197740)

In the course of developing its impact assessment on smart metering, my Department has been in discussion with a range of interested parties about the costs and benefits of smart metering. My Department has received written representations as part of this process, as well as in response to the metering and billing consultation.