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Coal: Prices

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment has been made of the effect of rising energy prices on people who rely on coal as their main energy source. (241573)

[holding answer 9 December 2008]: The Department does not carry out separate analysis to quantify the effect of rising energy prices on domestic coal users. However, in 2006, around 101,000 households in England that relied on coal and other solid fuel as their primary source for central heating were fuel poor, around 46 per cent. of all such households. This is a slight increase from 45 per cent. of all households reliant on solid fuel central heating in 2005 (or 106,000 households).