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Electricity

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 7th July 2011.

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Photo of Huw Irranca-Davies Huw Irranca-Davies Shadow Minister (Energy and Climate Change)

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when a decision will be taken on whether the Office for National Statistics will classify proposals for electricity market reform as tax and spend measures.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics (ONS), I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking when ONS will classify proposals for electricity market reform as tax and spend measures (64381).

ONS makes classification decisions in line with a published protocol that is available on our website at:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/about/national_statistics/cop/downloads/NAclassification.pdf

ONS is aware that the passage of the Energy Bill 2010-11 may raise a number of classification issues. ONS's normal practice is to provide classification decisions once the legislation is finalised and has received Royal Assent.

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