Energy: Electricity

House of Lords written question – answered on 15th January 2014.

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Photo of Lord Hunt of Chesterton Lord Hunt of Chesterton Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how often electric power cables to houses are inspected and renovated; and what advice they give to householders where cables are not functioning and there is danger of electrocution.

Photo of Baroness Verma Baroness Verma The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Distribution Network Operators have a statutory duty to ensure their networks provide a safe and reliable electricity supply so far as is reasonably practicable. Inspection and replacement should be of sufficient frequency to comply with that statutory duty. Householders are advised to immediately inform their Distribution Network Operator of any supply interruption or dangerous situation. Details of how to contact the appropriate Distribution Network Operator can be found on electricity bills, on the DECC and Electricity Networks Association websites and in local telephone directories.

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