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Natural Gas: Stroud

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many and what proportion of households in Stroud constituency are not on the mains gas network; and what plans he has to facilitate access to households which are not on it. (228696)

The Department does not hold detailed information about communities and households that are not connected to the mains gas network. The Design and Demonstration Unit within the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform previously developed a model for providing connections by packaging existing funding sources and using independent gas transporters to provide connections. That model was instrumental in persuading Ofgem to agree to incentivise the large gas networks to provide connections to deprived communities. This incentivisation is available to the networks under the new 2008-13 Gas Distribution Price Control, and I very much hope that they will take the opportunities it offers.