Oil Prices: Rural Consumers — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:22 am on 29th January 2015.

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Photo of Lord Teverson Lord Teverson Chair, The Arctic Committee, Chair, The Arctic Committee 11:22 am, 29th January 2015

My Lords, there is numerically less fuel poverty in rural areas than in urban ones, but it is a deeper and greater problem in rural areas because of solid walls and reliance on oil rather than gas. Does the Minister agree with me that we should once more consider, as part of our infrastructure, extending the gas grid into more of those rural towns and areas so that the gap between urban and rural fuel prices can be squeezed back down again?