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Departmental Coordination

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans his Department has to strengthen co-ordination and communication across Government Departments in an attempt to reduce fuel poverty; and if he will make a statement. (211939)

Action to tackle fuel poverty cuts across a number of Departments, and is jointly led by DEFRA and BERR.

Departments already work closely together, as witnessed by the UK Government and Devolved Administrations' annual report on the UK's Fuel Poverty Strategy, which sets out the action taken to alleviate fuel poverty across the UK.

The inter-ministerial group on fuel poverty provides a forum for the co-ordination of action to tackle fuel poverty. A meeting of this group is due to be convened.