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Energy: Meters

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what further steps he plans to take to ensure that households with pre-payment meters are not charged more for energy than households without such meters. (286757)

[holding answer 14 July 2009]: The Government believe that differences in charges relating to the method of payment should reflect the costs of servicing that method, and should not discriminate unfairly against any group of customers. Therefore, we strongly support the regulator Ofgem’s work putting in place rules to ensure that prices paid by consumers are cost reflective.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with Ofcom on the communication data from smart meters. (286861)

My officials have had discussions with Ofcom officials about the roll out of smart meters in Great Britain and will continue to do so during the preparation for roll out.