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Topical Questions

Volume 569: debated on Friday 1 November 2013

The following is the answer given by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, the right hon. Member for Kingston and Surbiton (Mr Davey), to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak (Steve McCabe) during Energy and Climate Change Question Time on 17 October 2013.

Since the last Energy and Climate Change questions we have been busy. The Energy Bill is continuing its progress through Parliament and we hope that it will achieve Royal Assent by the end of the year. That will help deliver the modernised infrastructure and cleaner energy that the country needs to meet our energy security requirements and climate change obligations. The House might be interested to know the latest figures we have on investment: we have seen at least £35 billion invested in increased electricity infrastructure alone since 2010, a 56% year-on-year increase in renewable energy investment and a doubling of renewable electricity generation under this Government. Also, our policies to help the fuel poor are in place for the winter.

[Official Report, 17 October 2013, Vol. 568, c. 880.]

Letter of correction from Edward Davey:

An error has been identified in the oral answer given on 17 October 2013 to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak (Steve McCabe).

The correct answer should have been:

Since the last Energy and Climate Change questions we have been busy. The Energy Bill is continuing its progress through Parliament and we hope that it will achieve Royal Assent by the end of the year. That will help deliver the modernised infrastructure and cleaner energy that the country needs to meet our energy security requirements and climate change obligations. The House might be interested to know the latest figures we have on investment: we have seen at least £35 billion invested in increased electricity infrastructure alone since 2010, a 56% year-on-year increase in renewable electricity generation between quarter 2 2012 and quarter 2 2013 and a doubling of renewable electricity generation under this Government. Also, our policies to help the fuel poor are in place for the winter.