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Natural Gas: Competition

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of progress towards the implementation of the recommendations of the June 2006 report of the Competition Commission on the market for domestic bulk liquid petroleum gas. (242490)

Ensuring that markets operate freely and fairly is a matter for the independent competition authorities. The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) referred the market for the supply of domestic bulk liquid petroleum gas (LPG) to the Competition Commission (CC) on 5 July 2004. Following the report by the CC on 29 June 2006 on this market the CC made the first of two orders to remedy detrimental effects on customers so far as they have resulted from, or may be expected to result from, the adverse effects on competition specified in the report. From 13 April 2009, the first order will apply to all suppliers of bulk LPG for domestic use. A second order, which will apply to all suppliers of bulk LPG for domestic use on metered estates, is currently the subject of consultation and is expected to be published in early 2009. Once the orders are in place the OFT will monitor their effect.