Energy Prices, Fuel Poverty and Ofgem

Part of Estimates Day — [1st Allotted Day] — Vote on Account, 2009-10 — Office of Gas and Electricity Markets – in the House of Commons at 7:06 pm on 16th December 2008.

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Photo of Peter Luff Peter Luff Chair, Business and Enterprise Committee, Chair, Business and Enterprise Committee 7:06 pm, 16th December 2008

The hon. Gentleman is making an important point. Some 5 million households are not on the gas network, and this is an important issue for many of our constituents. The trouble is that, in this respect, Ofgem does not have powers. I still think that the Government are wrong to imagine that the Office of Fair Trading can handle the matter, and I believe that Ofgem needs more powers in this regard.

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