To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 28 January 2014, Official Report, column 524W, on Supply Estimates, what proportion of the total cost of the roll out of smart meters is being met from the public purse; and what criteria his Department used to decide on that proportion.
The only expenditure relating to the Smart Metering Implementation Programme that comes from the public purse is the direct cost to Government of delivering the Programme.
This represents around 1% of the Programme’s total costs.
DECC’s budget for the Smart Metering Implementation Programme is set annually through the Business Planning Cycle and is based on the programme of work to be carried out to achieve the programme objectives. The budget is not set as a proportion of the total cost of the roll-out of smart meters. The roll-out has been designed to be led by industry, with Government taking a strategic role of oversight.