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To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 5 February (WA 34) concerning smart meters, whether those meters will be installed in homes on a voluntary basis; and what information, from which organisations, will be given to householders about the implications for their privacy and control of their usage of energy in their homes.
The Government's vision is for every home in Great Britain to have smart electricity and gas meters and for smaller business and public sector premises to have smart or advanced metering suited to their needs. Smart meters will be rolled out as standard, but there will not be a legal obligation on individuals to have one.
The Government's consumer engagement strategy describes the approach to raising levels of awareness about smart metering and providing reassurance to consumers about potential areas of concern. From June 2013, energy suppliers' engagement with consumers will be supported by a programme of centralised engagement undertaken by a central delivery body.
In addition, the Government are looking to suppliers to develop a privacy charter to provide clear reassurance to consumers about the ways in which their personal data will be used, and the choices they have about this.