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Energy Prices

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 19th October 2005.

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Photo of Mark Todd Mark Todd Labour, South Derbyshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received from manufacturing industry about the competitive impact of UK energy prices; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Malcolm Wicks Malcolm Wicks Minister for energy, Department of Trade and Industry

DTI Ministers have received numerous letters from individual companies and representative bodies on this issue, and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and I have had frequent meetings with these groups over the past 12 months. In addition, in January 2005, the Department set up the Gas Prices Working Group with the Energy Intensive Users Group and Ofgem to address this issue. The group has now agreed a list of action points for the short to medium term, such as maximising gas supplies, improving the design of the gas market, encouraging demand side response and pursuing energy market liberalisation in the EU.

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