Fuel Poverty Bill

Part of Prayers – in the House of Commons at 9:49 am on 20th March 2009.

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Photo of David Heath David Heath Shadow Leader of the House of Commons 9:49 am, 20th March 2009

That is a very good point. The—I have forgotten what the commission on rural areas is called. Could someone help me? [Hon. Members: "The Rural Commission."] The Rural Commission has provided me with the useful information that 42 per cent. of households in rural areas are not connected to gas mains—my constituency is very similar to that of Albert Owen in that respect—but half the communities that are not connected are within 2 km of a gas pipeline. I suspect that both a lack of will and a lack of investment are preventing many rural communities from benefiting. About 220,000 fuel-poor households, despite their proximity to a gas main, cannot take advantage of the dual-fuel discounts.

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