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Public Bill Committee: Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Cap on standard variable and default rates (13 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: The way I read amendment 4, it suggests that all customers on standard variable and default rates will get a £100 reduction, whereas the Prime Minister’s statement was that the millions of consumers who are on unacceptably high default rates would get a reduction. In the statement this morning, there was a suggestion that at least two of the big six do not have unacceptably high...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Cap on standard variable and default rates (13 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: In the evidence session this morning, I clearly asked whether Ofgem would be ready for next winter, and Ofgem was not only clear that it would be ready for next winter, but outlined the very robust, transparent and deep process being undertaken to ensure that.

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Cap on standard variable and default rates (13 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: I am sorry, but I read the amendment completely differently. If we have all agreed that Ofgem has made it clear that it will go through the process to come up with the right level of cap—taking the right level of evidence—by next winter, and that the only thing that could delay it would be a legal judgment, why would we even suggest, through the amendment, that it may not be...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Examination of Witnesses (13 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: Q The previous panel spoke about the need for transparency in this process. How do you intend to ensure that, during the consultation, transparency is achieved? Will you be consulting all suppliers equally, for example? Recently, it was pretty cold, so can you assure us that the price cap will be ready by the time next winter comes?

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Examination of Witnesses (13 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: Q With the people who come to those stakeholder meetings and attend those consultations, is that public information?

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Examination of Witnesses (13 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: Q One of the issues that has been raised is making sure that the price cap does not disincentivise investment in infrastructure. During the consultation, will you also be listening to infrastructure investors to take into consideration their views when setting the cap?

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Examination of Witnesses (13 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: Q In my view, 2023 is the sunset clause: a window to get the competition in the market working. If you bring in measures such as faster switching, prompts and Midata, I am sure we will see more innovation with smart appliances that feed off smart meters and therefore there is smart consumption. Are those the measures that you would write into your report in 2020 for us to be able to decide...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Examination of Witnesses (13 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: Q I want to push a bit harder on understanding the concerns of Which?, because I see smart meters being only a part of the whole move towards smart consumption and connected appliances that talk to each other—in order, for example, to use less energy at peak times of day. Such innovations are important. Do you want to ensure that the cap does not stop that sort of innovation and...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Examination of Witnesses (13 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: Q Just to come in on this issue of reviewing every six months, that is of course in the Bill.

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Examination of Witnesses (13 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: I am going to ask questions of Octopus Energy and then Bulb, because you are new entrants.Q Octopus, do you think there is a risk that once the cap comes in, prices will all bunch around that cap level? Some people have said that switching activity might then reduce. Do you think that is a risk? Bulb, do you think that the cap will disincentivise investment in infrastructure at this stage, or...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Examination of Witnesses (13 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: Q I hear you saying that we need to encourage green innovation, while also insuring that there is no gaming. The approach in the Bill is that Ofgem will consult and then develop an exemption in a robust manner that reduces the risk of gaming but still allows innovation. Do you agree with that approach by Ofgem—that it should consult and, within those parameters, make sure that the...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Examination of Witnesses (13 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: Q The approach of making sure that Ofgem, the regulator, has to consult before making the decision.

Salisbury Incident (12 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: Friends from especially Scandinavia, the Baltics and across eastern Europe have often told me how much they feel increasingly at risk from the rise in Russian aggression. Will my right hon. Friend update the House on how we will work with our allies in response to this incident?

Bills Presented: Vote 100 and International Women’s Day (8 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: It is huge honour to be called to speak as the first woman Member of Parliament for Chelmsford on this, the International Women’s Day in the 100th year since women won the vote. Yesterday I became a member of the Women and Equalities Committee and attended my first meeting. There are a number of mothers on that Committee, and we were looking at the challenges faced by the parents of a...

Bills Presented: Vote 100 and International Women’s Day (8 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: Absolutely, which goes to show how interesting science is. Women in science make great leaders, and women doctors have already broken though the glass ceiling in so many ways. Last year, the chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges brought together the presidents of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons, of Physicians, of Pathologists, of Radiologists, of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Prison Officer Recruitment (6 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: The new recruits are certainly welcome, but senior officers are also important. I am told that on certain grades, prison staff acting up to higher roles are paid more than if they accepted the actual promotion. This acts as a disincentive to staff looking to take on more responsibility. Will my hon. Friend look into this anomaly?

Uk/EU Future Economic Partnership (5 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: Competition policy is the glue that holds together all free trade agreements. Does the Prime Minister agree with me that the suggestion from the Labour party that it could somehow remain in the single market while running reckless through state aid policy is a fantasy fiction drama worthy of an Oscar?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence Suppliers: Innovation (5 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: What steps he is taking to encourage innovation by defence suppliers.


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