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Energy: Prices

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what additional monitoring the Government is undertaking of the effects on (a) payment method preference, (b) levels of debt and (c) levels of disconnections of domestic energy consumers of (i) recent and (ii) anticipated increases in energy prices; and how much the Government has allocated to provide domestic energy customers with energy efficiency advice and information. (225279)

The Government publish price data in their Quarterly Energy Prices publication. This publication includes price data sourced from the RPI produced by the Office for National Statistics and bills information from the new Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). This information can be found online at:

http://www.berr.gov.uk/whatwedo/energy/statistics/publications/prices/index.html

Data of historical trends can be found at:

http://www.berr.gov.uk/whatwedo/energy/statistics/publications/prices/tables/page18125.html

No information is published on anticipated changes in energy prices.

The industry regulator, the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) is responsible for monitoring and providing information about levels of use of particular payment methods, customer debt and disconnections. This information will reflect, among other things, the impact of price increases. Ofgem publishes this information quarterly. The report for the first quarter of 2008 is available online at:

http://www.ofgem.gov.uk/Pages/MoreInformation. aspx?docid=47&refer=Sustainability/SocAction/Monitoring/SoObMonitor

An annual report is also published, available online at:

http://www.ofgem.gov.uk/Sustainability/SocAction/Monitoring/SoObMonitor/Documents1/Suppliers%20Social%20Obligations%20Monitoring %20Report%202007%2011208.pdf

DECC has provided grant funding to the Energy Saving Trust year-on-year, supporting the work it undertakes to encourage and promote the sustainable and efficient use of energy. DEFRA has provided the Energy Saving Trust with £35.2 million for 2008-09 which includes funding for the Act on CO2 advice line and the roll-out of their regional advice centres.