Smart Meters - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:53 pm on 8th July 2019.

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Photo of Lord Lennie Lord Lennie Opposition Whip (Lords) 2:53 pm, 8th July 2019

I thank the Minister for that Answer—just the 50 million or so short of target. Given the promised financial benefits to hard- pressed customers and the obvious global advantages of moving to a low-carbon economy associated with SMETS 2, why do the Government persist in leaving the implementation of this policy to the energy suppliers? Can the Minister state clearly why Ofgem rejected five of the major suppliers’ rollout plans for 2019 as being inadequate? Do the smart meters just not do what it says on the tin?