Energy Tariffs

Energy and Climate Change – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 7th July 2011.

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Photo of Tony Baldry Tony Baldry The Second Church Estates Commissioner 10:30 am, 7th July 2011

If he will take steps to simplify energy tariffs for consumers.

Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

Ofgem has just consulted on initial proposals to simplify tariffs and reduce consumer confusion. We welcome Ofgem’s proposals but we think consumers need better information to help them to take control of their consumption and costs, so we are taking forward proposals to require information on bills about a supplier’s cheapest tariff and how the consumer’s consumption compares with that of similar households.

Photo of Tony Baldry Tony Baldry The Second Church Estates Commissioner

Is that going to be this year or next year? When are we going to see simplified, clearer energy bills?

Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

We are taking that power in the Energy Bill so that if that does not happen we will in any case have the power within the next few months to deliver on that commitment.