Energy Bill [HL] — Second Reading

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:20 pm on 22nd July 2015.

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Photo of Viscount Ridley Viscount Ridley Conservative 2:20 pm, 22nd July 2015

I am very grateful to the noble Baroness for allowing me to intervene briefly, since she mentioned me. The central point to all this is that we are on course to overspend—from £7.6 billion up to £9.1 billion—on subsidies for those industries. What would the Opposition’s position, or anyone else’s, be about reining in that expenditure, because the cost is falling most heavily on the people who can least afford to pay it?