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To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the Government's policy is on introducing smart meters for gas and electricity in the domestic sector; over what time scale meters are expected to be introduced; and if he will make a statement.
The Government are currently consulting on proposals on metering and billing set out in the Energy White Paper, including smart meters. The Paper included an expectation that smart meters would be universally rolled out within 10 years, and the current consultation aims to gather stakeholder views on how this objective might best be delivered. The Government will develop their approach on smart metering in the light of information from the consultation and other work being undertaken by the Government, Ofgem, energy suppliers and interested bodies.