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Conservative MP for Chelsea and Fulham (5 May 2005 – current)


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Employment and Trade Union Rights (Dismissal and Re-engagement) Bill (22 Oct 2021)

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Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Energy: Prices (22 Oct 2021)

Greg Hands: If residents are off the gas grid, but on a default tariff for their electricity only supply they will still be protected by the Energy Price Cap. Providing they are eligible, they will be able to access Warm Home Discount. The Government believes it is essential that consumers get a fair deal.  There are open markets for the supply of heating oil and LPG in the UK as we believe this...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Natural Gas: Carbon Emissions (22 Oct 2021)

Greg Hands: On 19th October, the Government published its Heat and Buildings Strategy, where it commits to a decision by 2026 on the potential role for hydrogen in the gas grid. Low carbon hydrogen can be produced in a variety of ways, and the Government intends to develop further detail on the role of different production technologies in our hydrogen production strategy by early 2022.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Carbon Capture and Storage (22 Oct 2021)

Greg Hands: The Government’s ‘Ten point plan for a green industrial revolution’ sets out an ambition to deploy CCUS at scale in 2 of the UK’s industrial clusters by the mid-2020s, and a further 2 by 2030. Phase-1 of the cluster sequencing process looked to identify and sequence CCUS clusters which are suited to deployment in the mid-2020s. On 19th October the Government announced that Hynet and...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Energy: Prices (22 Oct 2021)

Greg Hands: The energy price cap will protect millions of domestic customers, including the residents of Denton and Reddish in the Northwest of England, this winter. The Government is also supporting low income and fuel poor households with their energy bills. The Warm Home Discount provides eligible households with a £140 rebate off their winter energy bills. The Winter Fuel and Cold Weather payments...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Energy Supply: Costs (22 Oct 2021)

Greg Hands: The Energy Price Cap will protect millions of customers this winter. The Government also provides a range of support to low-income, fuel poor and vulnerable households including:Warm Home Discount, providing eligible households with a one-off £140 discount on their energy bill for winter 2021 to 2022.Winter Fuel Payment, £200 for households with a memberwho has reached State Pension age and...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Energy Supply: Prices (22 Oct 2021)

Greg Hands: The setting of tariffs is a commercial decision for energy suppliers. Since 2016, suppliers have been able to offer a greater range of tariffs to accommodate different customer needs, including tariffs with a low or even zero standing charge. The payment of a standing charge reflects the fixed costs of providing and maintaining supply, regardless of energy usage, including meter rental,...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Renewable Energy: Microgeneration (22 Oct 2021)

Greg Hands: The Government agrees with the broad aims of the Local Electricity Bill but does not support it as the means to enable local energy supply. There are already mechanisms in the market to allow local supply. The current Ofgem regulatory regime allows for a company to supply a specific geographic area, and small-scale generators can also apply for a licence exemption in some cases to reduce the...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Renewable Energy: Community Development (22 Oct 2021)

Greg Hands: The Government agrees with the broad aims of the Local Electricity Bill but does not support it as the means to enable local energy supply. There are already mechanisms in the market to allow local supply. The current Ofgem regulatory regime allows for a company to supply a specific geographic area, and small-scale generators can also apply for a licence exemption in some cases to reduce the...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Heating: Housing (22 Oct 2021)

Greg Hands: There will be no single policy or technology that cuts carbon emissions to virtually zero, but a diverse mix of technology, such as heat pumps and potentially heating appliances fuelled by hydrogen, alongside green projects like heat networks, that will combine to decarbonise heat in buildings over the next three decades. Our analysis of off gas grid homes suggests that around 80% of homes...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Heating: Housing (22 Oct 2021)

Greg Hands: Improving public awareness of the benefits of installing a heat pump will be a key enabler for the large-scale decarbonisation of heat. The Government are currently reviewing the provision of advice delivered through government-endorsed Simple Energy Advice Service, which offers impartial and independent information to consumers on a range of low-carbon heating and energy efficiency...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Housing: Heating (22 Oct 2021)

Greg Hands: As part of the Department’s £505 million Energy Innovation Programme, the Electrification of Heat Demonstration Project is showcasing the feasibility of installing heat pumps in a range of homes across the UK. The installation phase of the Project is coming to a close and initial results, providing installation information, will be published later this year. The Project will continue to...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Heating: Housing (22 Oct 2021)

Greg Hands: As part of the Department’s £505 million Energy Innovation Programme, the Electrification of Heat Demonstration Project is showcasing the feasibility of installing heat pumps in a range of homes across the UK. The installation phase for all the Project’s heat pump systems will be completed shortly. The Project will continue to monitor performance data from the installed heat pumps over...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Warm Home Discount Scheme (22 Oct 2021)

Greg Hands: The Warm Home Discount (WHD) scheme, introduced in 2011, places a legal obligation on medium and larger energy suppliers to deliver support to people living in fuel poverty or a fuel poverty risk group. Ofgem is the WHD scheme administrator. All suppliers of last resort have agreed to provide Warm Home Discount rebates to the eligible customers of failing suppliers with over 150K domestic...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Energy Supply: Imports (22 Oct 2021)

Greg Hands: Energy security is an absolute priority for this Government. We meet around half of our annual gas supply through domestic production and the vast majority of imports come from reliable suppliers such as Norway. Less than 3% of our gas was sourced from Russia in 2020.The UK is not dependant on Russian oil or gas. The UK’s exposure to volatile global gas prices underscores the importance...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Housing: Carbon Emissions (22 Oct 2021)

Greg Hands: The Heat and Buildings Strategy sets out how the Government is taking ‘no-regrets’ action now for decarbonising domestic heating supply, particularly on heat pumps, whilst supporting ongoing trials and other research and innovation on our future heating systems, including on hydrogen. The Government will make a decision on the potential role for hydrogen in heating buildings by 2026,...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Green Deal Scheme: Appeals (22 Oct 2021)

Greg Hands: As of 18 October 2021, there are 382 live Green Deal complaint cases referred to my Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for review.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Warm Home Discount Scheme (22 Oct 2021)

Greg Hands: When it was established in 2011, the Warm Home Discount scheme rebates were set at £120 per household. Since then, the rebates have been increased to £140, and this winter around 2.2 million low-income and vulnerable households will receive rebates off their electricity bills. Over the summer, the Government consulted on extending and expanding the Warm Home Discount scheme from next year...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Warm Home Discount Scheme (22 Oct 2021)

Greg Hands: In the summer, the Government consulted on extending, expanding, and reforming the Warm Home Discount scheme from 2022 until 2026 at least. The measures included expanding the overall spending envelope from around £350 million to £475 million (in 2020 prices) and increasing the value of the rebates to households to £150, which would mean 3 million low-income and vulnerable households each...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Energy Supply: Older People (22 Oct 2021)

Greg Hands: This winter, the energy price cap will continue to protect around 15 million British households on default tariffs, saving them between £75 and £100 a year on dual fuel bills. A £500 million Household Support Fund has also been announced by the Department for Work and Pensions to help vulnerable people with essential household costs over this winter. The Winter Fuel Payment provides...


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