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Energy: Smart Meters

Volume 699: debated on Wednesday 12 March 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they intend to suspend the current programme of electricity meter replacements to await the introduction of smart meters; and [HL2184]

What safeguards they will incorporate into the smart meter programme to protect consumers and households from intrusion into their privacy and from changes in payment arrangements that benefit suppliers at the expense of their customers; and [HL2205]

Whether they intend to ensure that smart meters replace existing models in a sequence starting with the oldest first. [HL2206]

The Government have consulted on a range of metering and billing proposals, and will shortly respond to that consultation. In doing so, they will set out their views on the next steps on smart metering.