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star this property date less than 2019-03-12more like thismore than 2019-03-12
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Home Shopping more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of consumer protection legislation governing the sale of both new and used private goods online. more like this
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Lord Shipley more like this
star this property uin HL14487 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Her Majesty’s Government considers evidence of the effectiveness of all consumer legislation periodically and will take action where appropriate.</p><p> </p><p>In April 2018, the Government published a Consumer Green Paper consulting on a variety of issues including seeking views on the legal framework covering consumer to consumer transactions, which would include new and used goods. The Consumer Green Paper is available in the Libraries of the House. We will publish a Consumer White Paper in due course.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Henley more like this
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less than 2019-03-26T16:52:13.267Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-26T16:52:13.267Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Henley more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Shipley more like this
1088568
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-03-13more like thismore than 2019-03-13
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Shares: Registration more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make UK share registers more transparent. more like this
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Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts more like this
star this property uin HL14528 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Companies Act 2006 already requires companies to keep their register of members up to date. Companies whose shares are not traded must file the names of their members on the public companies register held at Companies House. Companies whose shares are traded must file the name and address of shareholders who hold 5% or more of any class of issued shares.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Henley more like this
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less than 2019-03-26T17:45:58.403Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-26T17:45:58.403Z
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2616
star this property label Biography information for Lord Henley more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts more like this
1092464
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-03-20more like thismore than 2019-03-20
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Electricity Generation more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to permit Demand Side Response measures to be taken into account when assessing bids under the Capacity Market scheme, if and when the Scheme is re-started. more like this
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Lord Stunell more like this
star this property uin HL14718 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Capacity Market auctions are technology neutral and all eligible technologies are able to compete on an equal basis. Demand side response (DSR) providers have been able to participate in all Capacity Market auctions, alongside other technologies, since the Capacity Market was established. We also held two “Transitional Arrangements” auctions for DSR in 2016 and 2017. The most recent T-4 auction, held in 2018, awarded agreements to 1.2 GW of DSR capacity. Capacity market agreements totalling over 4.7GW have been awarded to DSR through the CM so far, worth approximately £85million.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Henley more like this
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less than 2019-03-26T15:18:10.353Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-26T15:18:10.353Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Henley more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Stunell more like this
1088802
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star this property date less than 2019-03-14more like thismore than 2019-03-14
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Trading Standards more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support Trading Standards. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Brentford and Isleworth more like this
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Ruth Cadbury more like this
star this property uin 232583 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>In 2018-2019 the Department is providing over £14 million to National Trading Standards and Trading Standards Scotland to coordinate local authority trading standards services work on fair trading. Following the Modernising Consumer Markets Green Paper in 2018, the Government has been considering options to strengthen consumer protection. These will build on the Office for Product Safety and Standard’s work with trading standards to increase their capacity to prevent and remove unsafe goods in UK markets.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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less than 2019-03-26T18:00:11.953Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-26T18:00:11.953Z
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4487
star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Ruth Cadbury more like this
1090970
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-03-18more like thismore than 2019-03-18
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Business: Equality more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department​ is taking to increase diversity on executive boards of UK businesses. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow more like this
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Dr Lisa Cameron more like this
star this property uin 233593 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Government is committed to working with the business community to create more inclusive and diverse workplaces. The Government commissioned and supports several business-led independent reviews, such as:</p><ul><li>The Hampton-Alexander Review to increase the representation of women on boards and senior leadership positions in FTSE 350 companies to 33% by 2020; and</li><li>The Parker Review to increase the ethnic diversity of FTSE 350 boards by 2024.</li></ul><p>These reviews form part of the Government’s modern Industrial Strategy which aims to build an economy that works for all.</p><p>The representation of women on FTSE 100 boards has increased from 12.5% in 2011 to 30.9% in March 2019 and among executive directors has doubled from 5.5% to 10.2% in in the same period.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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less than 2019-03-26T17:40:11.217Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-26T17:40:11.217Z
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4487
star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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4412
star this property label Biography information for Dr Lisa Cameron more like this
1090982
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star this property date less than 2019-03-18more like thismore than 2019-03-18
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Job Creation: West Midlands more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps he has taken to help businesses to create more highly skilled jobs in (a) Solihull and (b) the West Midlands. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Solihull more like this
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Julian Knight more like this
star this property uin 233604 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Industrial Strategy is our long-term plan to boost productivity by backing businesses to create high-quality, well paid jobs throughout the United Kingdom, with investment in skills, industries and infrastructure. The Government is supporting businesses in Solihull and the West Midlands through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, which brings together world-class UK research with business investment to develop the technologies that will transform existing industries and create entirely new ones. We have to date allocated £298,603,876 of ISCF grant funding to projects in the West Midlands and £14,409 for Solihull.</p><p> </p><p>Government has been working alongside the West Midlands Combined Authority, Local Enterprise Partnerships and local businesses to develop the West Midlands Local Industrial Strategy. This sets out an ambitious long term vision for the region to increase its productivity, build on its sectors at the heart of the region like automotive and life sciences, and create new opportunities for people and businesses in emerging sectors and industries.</p><p> </p><p>The government have also helped businesses through the British Business Bank’s Start Up Loans programme. Since its launch in 2012, the programme has delivered 58 loans, totalling £489,951 for businesses in Solihull.</p><p> </p><p>We have also established a network of Catapult Centres to commercialise new and emerging technologies. In the West Midlands, this includes the High Value Manufacturing Catapult which has two centres in Coventry, and the Energy Systems Catapult in Birmingham. These catapults will help businesses in these areas, and across the UK, to do cutting-edge R&amp;D and train apprentices and doctoral students in high-demand technical skills.</p><p> </p><p>Further examples of action across Greater Birmingham and Solihull:</p><ul><li>The Government is investing £433 million through the local economy through the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Deals to support local economic growth and job creation.</li><li>Projects that have benefitted from investment thus far include the Changan UK Research and Development Facility, and the Universities@IBC project at Innovation Birmingham, a digital and tech business support and incubation campus, which will create over 700 highly skilled jobs in the LEP area.</li><li>Government is working with West Midlands partners to maximise the economic opportunity around the HS2 Interchange Station. The UKC Hub proposals are expected to deliver 35,000 to 77,000 new jobs in highly skilled sectors which will complement the existing economic assets in the area.</li><li>The number of people in private sector employment has increased by 115,000 in the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP area since 2010.</li></ul><p> </p><p>Further examples of action across the West Midlands:</p><ul><li>The Faraday Battery Challenge has invested £80 million in a new state-of-the-art automotive battery development facility in the West Midlands. A key part of the Automotive Sector Deal, the centre will host cutting-edge production and assembly processes and support the future scale-up of battery technologies.</li><li>In July 2018, the government agreed a skills deal with the West Midlands Combined Authority which will boost digital and technical skills, job opportunities, and productivity across the region. This is co-funded by government alongside employer funding and is designed to support more young people and adults into work as well as upskilling and retraining local people of all ages.</li></ul><ul><li>The Midlands Engine Investment Fund provides over £250 million to support small businesses in the Midlands to start and grow. It has now invested £25 million into over 100 SMEs.</li></ul><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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less than 2019-03-26T17:40:23.74Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-26T17:40:23.74Z
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4487
star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
star this property tabling member
4410
star this property label Biography information for Julian Knight more like this
1090985
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star this property date less than 2019-03-18more like thismore than 2019-03-18
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
unstar this property hansard heading New Businesses: Young People more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department has taken to promote youth entrepreneurship; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Solihull more like this
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Julian Knight more like this
star this property uin 233607 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>As part of our Industrial Strategy, we have taken steps to encourage young people to start a business and turn their ambitions into a reality.</p><p> </p><p>On 6 March, BEIS launched an independent review into Young Entrepreneurship to be led by the Prince’s Trust, that seeks to better understand young entrepreneurs, the specific barriers and opportunities they face, and what more can be done by the private, public and third sector to support them to start and grow a business.</p><p> </p><p>The Review will focus on people aged 18-30 in England, who have the potential to start a business, are in the process of starting a business, or are already running their own business.</p><p> </p><p>Since 2012, the British Business Bank has also provided over £59 million in Start Up Loans to 18-24-year olds.</p><p> </p><p>Additionally, the Young Innovators Programme, supported by Innovate UK and the Prince’s Trust, enables young entrepreneurs to access coaching, mentoring and £5,000 funding.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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less than 2019-03-26T17:40:32.867Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-26T17:40:32.867Z
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4487
star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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4410
star this property label Biography information for Julian Knight more like this
1091030
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star this property date less than 2019-03-18more like thismore than 2019-03-18
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Employment Agencies: Fees and Charges more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of re-classifying modelling platforms as employment agencies to ensure that they cannot charge clients upfront fees; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Cheltenham more like this
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Alex Chalk more like this
star this property uin 233624 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Through the Good Work Plan, published in December 2018, the Government has committed to upgrading workers’ rights and protecting the most vulnerable workers. This represents the biggest upgrade to workers’ rights in over 20 years.</p><p> </p><p>Modelling platforms can already meet the definition of an employment agency as set out in the Employment Agencies Act 1973. If they meet the definition, they would already need to comply with the current legislation, which has specific regulations that cover modelling and entertainment agencies. The Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate looks at all complaints on a case by case basis, and works with other partner organisations, such as Trading Standards, to ensure organisations comply with the relevant legislation.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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less than 2019-03-26T17:40:39.847Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-26T17:40:39.847Z
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4487
star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Alex Chalk more like this
1091033
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star this property date less than 2019-03-18more like thismore than 2019-03-18
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Research: EU Grants and Loans more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps his Department has taken to ensure the continuity of funding for research projects with EU funding in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency North Herefordshire more like this
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Bill Wiggin more like this
star this property uin 233471 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Leaving the EU with a deal remains the Government’s top priority. If ratified, the provisions in the Withdrawal Agreement will ensure continued UK participation in EU programmes under the current Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), including Horizon 2020.</p><p> </p><p>As a responsible government, we are planning for every eventuality to ensure cross-border collaboration in research and innovation can continue after EU exit in all scenarios. In August 2016, the government committed to underwrite all successful competitive UK bids to Horizon 2020 submitted before EU exit, even if they are notified of their success after exit. In July 2018, the government extended the guarantee to cover successful UK participants’ funding in all Horizon 2020 calls open to third country participants from the date of exit. The guarantee and extension would cover the lifetime of their projects, even if they last beyond 2020.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Kingswood more like this
star this property answering member printed Chris Skidmore more like this
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less than 2019-03-26T17:40:01.343Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-26T17:40:01.343Z
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star this property label Biography information for Chris Skidmore more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Bill Wiggin more like this
1091086
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star this property date less than 2019-03-18more like thismore than 2019-03-18
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Energy: Finance more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of the timing of Ofgem's Targeted Charging Review on (a) the deployment of distributed generation technologies, (b) businesses with onsite generation and renewables and (b) the transition to a low carbon, flexible energy system. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Scunthorpe more like this
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Nic Dakin more like this
star this property uin 233541 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Ofgem’s Targeted Charging Review is seeking to ensure all parties connected to the electricity network make a fair contribution to its fixed costs. As was outlined in the ‘After the Trilemma’ speech of 15 November 2018, it is important that we develop an energy system that discourages free riding and ensures a fair distribution of such costs.</p><p>Network charging is a matter for Ofgem as the independent regulator, and decisions on its Targeted Charging Review are for it to make. However, Government is working to understand the wider policy implications of their proposals across a range of priorities, and expects Ofgem to take decisions in line with their primary duty to protect current and future consumers. The regular discussions which Ministers and officials have with Ofgem and other stakeholders are supporting our consideration. The analysis which Ofgem published as part of its recently closed consultation shows that the proposals could affect investment decisions across a number of technologies, but no final decisions have been taken on timing or other aspects.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Devizes more like this
star this property answering member printed Claire Perry more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 233542 more like this
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less than 2019-03-26T15:28:40.583Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-26T15:28:40.583Z
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star this property label Biography information for Claire Perry more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Nic Dakin more like this