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star this property date less than 2014-11-24more like thismore than 2014-11-24
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property hansard heading Regeneration 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, Innovation and Skills, what investment in regeneration projects the Regeneration Investment Organisation has secured in the last six months. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Caerphilly more like this
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Wayne David more like this
star this property uin 215654 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Having built up a ‘shovel ready’ pipeline of 41 projects within 12 months, UK Trade and Investment’s Regeneration Investment Organisation (RIO) will shortly announce its first win for this financial year. RIO hopes to deliver two more project wins this financial year.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Beyond this, RIO’s £112bn long-term pipeline has the potential to create 640,000 jobs. 41 out of a total 180 projects have undergone technical investment evaluation and this number will soon rise to 100 verified projects. RIO has prioritised its overseas investors from 7 key markets and continues to support investment and supply chain development into ongoing projects such as Manchester Airport City and Battersea Power Station.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency West Suffolk remove filter
unstar this property answering member printed Matthew Hancock more like this
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less than 2014-12-17T16:16:40.763Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-17T16:16:40.763Z
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star this property label Biography information for Matt Hancock more like this
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star this property answering member constituency West Suffolk more like this
star this property answering member printed Matthew Hancock more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Matt Hancock more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Wayne David more like this
164313
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star this property date less than 2014-11-24more like thismore than 2014-11-24
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property hansard heading Iron and Steel 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, Innovation and Skills, when he last met or spoke to representatives of the UK Certification Authority for Reinforcing Steels regarding the traceability and certification of Chinese and Turkish steel products imported to the UK. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Cardiff South and Penarth more like this
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Stephen Doughty more like this
star this property uin 215766 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has maintained close contact with the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) who investigated a complaint about CARES from UK Steel about labelling and traceability of imports.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>UKAS concluded that CARES responded in an appropriate way to the concerns raised, in line with the expectations and requirements of the accreditation standard. That conclusion has been communicated to UK steel and to the All Party Parliamentary Group on steel.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>We understand from UKAS that there has been an increase in CARES’ vigilance with increased sampling and checks.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>I have also been advised that, as a result of ongoing discussions between CARES and UK Steel, the association supplied samples of imported rebar and CARES testing found it was non-compliant. As a consequence we understand CARES visited the Chinese steel mill and conducted further sampling and testing but found no evidence of stock production being non-compliant.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency West Suffolk remove filter
unstar this property answering member printed Matthew Hancock more like this
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less than 2014-12-17T16:25:04.867Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-17T16:25:04.867Z
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star this property label Biography information for Matt Hancock more like this
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star this property answering member constituency West Suffolk more like this
star this property answering member printed Matthew Hancock more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Matt Hancock more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Doughty more like this
167973
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star this property date less than 2014-12-04more like thismore than 2014-12-04
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property hansard heading Productivity 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, Innovation and Skills, what steps the Government is taking to improve productivity. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Mid Sussex more like this
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Sir Nicholas Soames more like this
star this property uin 217275 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-12-17more like thisremove minimum value filter
star this property answer text <p>Government policy focuses on delivering growth; this in turn partly depends on longer term improvements to productivity. As such, much of the Government’s economic policy is about raising productivity, including but not limited to:</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong>Tax cuts</strong>: Government is actively working to reduce the tax burden where possible to help give businesses the confidence to invest and grow. Initiatives announced at this year’s Autumn Statement include a doubling of the Small Business Rate Relief for a further year, and a continued cap on the annual increase in business rates at 2% from April 2015 to March 2016. More widely the UK now has the lowest headline corporate tax rate in the G7 and 4th lowest in the G20. Budget 2013 announced further measures to reduce the main corporate tax rate to 20% by 2015.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong>Deregulation</strong>: Government departments are working together to simplify and reduce the regulatory burden for UK businesses through the Red Tape Challenge, One In, One Out , and One In, Two Out policies. This will create a regulatory environment in which businesses have the confidence to invest and grow. This work is already showing significant signs of success; excluding EU regulation, the estimated annual net cost of regulation to UK business has fallen by £1.5bn since 2011.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong>Skills</strong>: Ensuring employers have access to workers with the right skills plays a crucial role in enhancing the UK’s productivity. This Government has driven up participation in education, employment or training for 16-24 year olds since 2011. Apprenticeship participation has risen by 77% from 2009/10 to 2012/13, and there have been over 2 million Apprentices started since 2010.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Government is giving employers more direct control over the design and delivery of training solutions to address skills shortages and improve business performance through the Employer Ownership Pilot (EOP) and its successor Employer Ownership Fund (EOF). The Government is completing round 2 of EOP which will be worth £238m and has announced targeted activity for the auto supply chain and engineering under EOF.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong>Infrastructure</strong>: High quality infrastructure is essential for supporting productivity growth. Delivering the right infrastructure at a local, regional and national level, across the UK, is therefore key to the government’s long-term economic plan. Since 2010, this Government has completed 55 major roads and local transport projects, completed major improvements to Kings Cross station as well as 400 other stations, opened Heathrow Terminal 2 and introduced £22 billion of private sector investment in water assets.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The National Infrastructure Plan for 2014 outlines a £466 billion plan for the UK’s infrastructure, of which £189 billion is future investment. This includes £15 billion of road improvements, £38bn investment in rail and £46 billion investment in the gas and electricity network.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong>Science and Innovation</strong>: The government funds and supports innovation in science, technology and engineering to help the UK’s high-tech industries to thrive. This has already seen £600m of government funding committed to the development and commercialisation of eight great technologies, a further £106m investment in new Centres for Doctoral Training, which will train more than 750 new students, and £42m in the creation of the Alan Turing Institute – a world-class research institute specialising in Big Data science. Details of the government’s on-going commitment to science and innovation will feature in the soon to be released Science and Innovation Strategy.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency West Suffolk remove filter
unstar this property answering member printed Matthew Hancock more like this
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less than 2014-12-17T16:23:19.177Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-17T16:23:19.177Z
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star this property label Biography information for Matt Hancock more like this
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star this property answering member constituency Tunbridge Wells more like this
star this property answering member printed Greg Clark more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Sir Nicholas Soames more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-12-08more like thismore than 2014-12-08
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property hansard heading Iron and Steel: Wales 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, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Answers to Questions 58 and 86 in his oral evidence of 29 January 2014 to the Welsh Affairs Committee on the steel industry in Wales, HC 882-i, what progress he has made in initiatives to create supply chain groups. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Islwyn more like this
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Chris Evans more like this
star this property uin 217589 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Government has initiated a supply chain plan policy in the renewable electricity sector. To be able to take part in the allocation process for a Contract for Difference, developers of projects above 300MW must submit a supply chain plan providing evidence that the project will make a material contribution to the economic growth and viability of the industrial supply chain. Any plans assessed by Government to be unsatisfactory would not be allowed to enter the Contract for Difference round. In addition the Offshore Wind Industry Council – a partnership between industry and Government - is taking forward actions from the offshore wind supply chain review conducted by Matthew Chinn that was published last month.</p><p> </p><p>Through the industrial strategy programme, we are working in partnership with industry to develop strong supply chains in the UK. We have set out a range of measures in our sector strategies published last year, which we are continuing to deliver.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency West Suffolk remove filter
unstar this property answering member printed Matthew Hancock more like this
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less than 2014-12-17T11:31:17.177Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-17T11:31:17.177Z
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star this property label Biography information for Matt Hancock more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Chris Evans more like this
168642
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star this property date less than 2014-12-08more like thismore than 2014-12-08
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Department for Energy and Climate Change more like this
star this property answering dept id 63 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Energy and Climate Change more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Energy and Climate Change more like this
star this property hansard heading Renewables Obligation 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 Energy and Climate Change, what role is played by Ofgem in the calculation and recovery of the renewable obligation certificate from customers. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stirling more like this
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Mrs Anne McGuire more like this
star this property uin 217664 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Renewables Obligation (RO) places an obligation on UK electricity suppliers to source a specified proportion of the electricity they supply to customers from renewable sources. This proportion – called ‘the Obligation’ – is set each year by government in line with legislation. The scheme is administered by Ofgem, who issue Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs) to generators in relation to the renewable electricity they generate. Further details of how the scheme operates can be found on Ofgem’s website:</p><p><a href="https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/environmental-programmes/renewables-obligation-ro?page=1#block-views-publications-and-updates-block" target="_blank">https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/environmental-programmes/renewables-obligation-ro?page=1#block-views-publications-and-updates-block</a>.</p><p>It is assumed that the cost of the RO to suppliers is passed on to consumers through their energy bills. The total cost that can be levied on consumers through the RO is controlled through DECC’s Levy Control Framework.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency West Suffolk remove filter
unstar this property answering member printed Matthew Hancock more like this
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less than 2014-12-17T16:12:45.597Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-17T16:12:45.597Z
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star this property label Biography information for Matt Hancock more like this
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star this property file name control_framework_decc250311.pdf more like this
star this property title Control framework for DECC levy-funded spending more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Dame Anne McGuire more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-12-10more like thismore than 2014-12-10
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property hansard heading EU Trade: Trade Agreements 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, Innovation and Skills, how many trade negotiations are being conducted by the EU on behalf of the UK. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Warley more like this
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Mr John Spellar more like this
star this property uin 218050 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-12-17more like thisremove minimum value filter
star this property answer text <p>The European Commission is conducting, on behalf of the UK, nine bilateral trade negotiations, and a number of negotiations at the World Trade Organisation where the EU negotiates on behalf of the UK and the EU.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency West Suffolk remove filter
unstar this property answering member printed Matthew Hancock more like this
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less than 2014-12-17T16:21:46.8Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-17T16:21:46.8Z
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star this property label Biography information for Matt Hancock more like this
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star this property label Biography information for John Spellar more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-12-10more like thismore than 2014-12-10
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Department for Energy and Climate Change more like this
star this property answering dept id 63 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Energy and Climate Change more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Energy and Climate Change more like this
star this property hansard heading Power Stations more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate his Department has made of the dispatch period required to increase capacity at (a) nuclear, (b) combined cycle gas turbine, (c) open cycle gas turbine and (d) coal-fired power stations. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Rutherglen and Hamilton West more like this
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Tom Greatrex more like this
star this property uin 218065 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>A report by independent energy consultants Parsons Brinckerhoff commissioned by this Department considers the flexibility of coal and gas power technologies:</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/technical-assessment-of-the-operation-of-coal-gas-fired-plants" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/technical-assessment-of-the-operation-of-coal-gas-fired-plants</a>.</p><p> </p><p>The table below contains information from the report and shows indicative start up times for coal, existing and modern gas combined cycle gas turbines (CCGT) and large and aero-derivative open cycle gas turbines (OCGT):</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td> </td><td><p><strong>Technology</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Notice to Synch* (mins)</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Synch to Full Load (mins)</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Hot Start</strong></p></td><td><p>Coal</p><p>Existing Gas CCGT</p><p>Modern Gas CCGT</p><p>Gas Large OCGT</p></td><td><p>80-90</p><p>15</p><p>15</p><p>2-5</p></td><td><p>50-100</p><p>35-80</p><p>25</p><p>15-30</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Warm Start</strong></p></td><td><p>Coal</p><p>Existing Gas CCGT</p><p>Modern Gas CCGT</p><p>Gas Large OCGT</p></td><td><p>300</p><p>15</p><p>15</p><p>2-5</p></td><td><p>85</p><p>80</p><p>-</p><p>15-30</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Cold Start</strong></p></td><td><p>Coal</p><p>Existing Gas CCGT</p><p>Modern Gas CCGT</p><p>Gas Large OCGT</p></td><td><p>360-420</p><p>15</p><p>15</p><p>2-5</p></td><td><p>80-250</p><p>190-240</p><p>190</p><p>15-30</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>All Starts</strong></p></td><td><p>Gas (Aero) OCGT</p></td><td><p>2-5</p></td><td><p>4-8</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p><em>*‘Notice to Synch’ is the period of prior notice that a power plant requires to be able to start up the plant to the point of synchronisation.</em></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The current nuclear fleet is not specifically designed for load following and generally plants will operate at their full nominal load. Plants that are offline for maintenance or refuelling will not usually be available to come back on line rapidly as there are a number of safety requirements that must be observed on re-start.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency West Suffolk remove filter
unstar this property answering member printed Matthew Hancock more like this
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less than 2014-12-17T16:14:11.847Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-17T16:14:11.847Z
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star this property label Biography information for Matt Hancock more like this
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star this property answering member constituency West Suffolk more like this
star this property answering member printed Matthew Hancock more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Matt Hancock more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Tom Greatrex more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-12-11more like thismore than 2014-12-11
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property hansard heading Small Businesses: Procurement more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations he has received from small and medium-sized businesses about companies that require a supplier company to make a payment in order to join or to remain on a list of suppliers. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire more like this
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Simon Hart more like this
star this property uin 218269 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-12-17more like thisremove minimum value filter
star this property answer text <p>The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has received a number of representations about this issue both from small business representative organisations and from small- and medium-sized businesses themselves. The recent media coverage relating to Premier Foods has prompted an increase in such representations. However, there is not a consensus amongst correspondents: some are in favour of company investment and/ or discount schemes and have explained how they have helped them thrive as a supplier; others are against such schemes and have highlighted the negative impact of their imposition.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency West Suffolk remove filter
unstar this property answering member printed Matthew Hancock more like this
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less than 2014-12-17T16:20:33.687Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-17T16:20:33.687Z
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star this property label Biography information for Matt Hancock more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Simon Hart more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-12-11more like thismore than 2014-12-11
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Department for Energy and Climate Change more like this
star this property answering dept id 63 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Energy and Climate Change more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Energy and Climate Change more like this
star this property hansard heading Fuels: Prices more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of the effect of recent changes in the global price of oil on domestic fuel prices. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Carmarthen East and Dinefwr more like this
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Jonathan Edwards more like this
star this property uin 218366 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Movements in pump prices are largely driven by crude oil prices and reduction in fuel duty. In January 2013, the Office for Fair Trading published the results of a Call for Information to investigate whether or not competition problems existed in the road fuels market.</p><p>The Government believes that it is important that consumers get a fair deal and that falls in oil prices materialise into lower prices for motorists. We wrote to major fuel retailers on 7 November seeking reassurance that they were fully passing on changes in the oil price to UK consumers at pumps in full and as quickly as possible.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency West Suffolk remove filter
unstar this property answering member printed Matthew Hancock more like this
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less than 2014-12-17T15:56:09.277Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-17T15:56:09.277Z
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star this property label Biography information for Matt Hancock more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Jonathan Edwards more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-12-11more like thismore than 2014-12-11
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Department for Energy and Climate Change more like this
star this property answering dept id 63 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Energy and Climate Change more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Energy and Climate Change more like this
star this property hansard heading Energy: Meters more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate he has made of the (a) number of prepayment meter customers who self-disconnected at least once in each year since 2010 and (b) total number of prepayment meter customers in each year since 2010. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Rutherglen and Hamilton West more like this
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Tom Greatrex more like this
star this property uin 218286 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-12-17more like thisremove minimum value filter
star this property answer text <p>The Department does not hold information on the number of pre-payment meter customers who self-disconnected.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency West Suffolk remove filter
unstar this property answering member printed Matthew Hancock more like this
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less than 2014-12-17T16:02:45.883Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-17T16:02:45.883Z
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star this property label Biography information for Matt Hancock more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Tom Greatrex more like this