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Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 27th June 2012.

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Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

(1) whether her Department switched its (a) gas or (b) electricity supplier in any of the last 10 years;

(2) which energy supplier supplies her Department with (a) gas and (b) electricity;

(3) how much her Department spent on (a) gas and (b) electricity bills in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

DEFRA transferred all of its electricity and gas supplies to the Pan-Government Energy Framework in 2004. This framework is managed by the Government Procurement Service (GPS) who procure electricity and gas on the Departments behalf.

The current suppliers on the GPS Energy Framework are:

EDF (Half hourly market electricity supply);

British Gas Business (Non half hourly market electricity supply);

Corona (Gas supply).

DEFRA's electricity and gas costs for years 2002 to 2012 are outlined in the following table:

DEFRA utility costs: 2002-12
  Electricity Gas Total cost
2002-03 418,114 92,004 510,118
2003-04 442,938 101,808 544,746
2004-05 611,889 114,195 726,084
2005-06 871,645 228,450 1,100,095
2006-07 872,349 228,450 1,100,799
2007-08 773,699 136,650 910,349
2008-09 868,776 294,254 1,163,030
2009-10 706,088 249,619 955,707
2010-11 569,980 209,645 779,625
2011-12 478,382 109,940 588,322
Notes: 1. The increase in cost over time reflects rising utility costs rather than an increase in consumption. 2. The decrease in cost since 2008-09 reflects the ongoing reduction in the size of the DEFRA estate.

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