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John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley, Liberal Democrat)

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the impact of the practice of straddling, whereby a domestic retail supplier sells gas at a fixed price and buys gas at a variable wholesale price.

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Malcolm Wicks (Minister for energy, Department of Trade and Industry; Croydon North, Labour)

The Government have not undertaken an assessment of this practice.

Pricing decisions in the retails gas market are a commercial matter for suppliers.

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