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Electricity: Small Businesses

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the average amount a small business spent on its electricity supply in the last 12 months. (256680)

The Department does not hold any data on electricity prices paid by small businesses. Data on prices are collected based on energy consumption levels, which do not always correspond to business size. Energy expenditure as a share of turnover varies widely from around 1 per cent. to over 20 per cent. depending upon the nature of the business.

Energy prices for non-domestic consumers by consumption band are published quarterly in Table 3.4.1 of ‘Quarterly Energy Prices’, the latest edition of which was published in December 2008 and is available online at

http://www.berr.gov.uk/files/file49203.pdf