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Written Question
Heating: Rural Areas
Friday 29th July 2022

Asked by: Lord Bishop of Gloucester (Bishops - Bishops)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to help households in rural communities move away from higher cost fuel sources for heating.

Answered by Lord Callanan - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)

The Government recognises that heating oil prices have risen steeply over the past year and has therefore set out a £37 billion package of support. This includes financial support which remains available for heating oil customers with energy bills, if eligible, through the Warm Home Discount, Winter Fuel Payment and Cold Weather Payment schemes.

The Government continues to believe it essential that heating oil consumers receive a fair deal. There is an open market for the supply of domestic heating oil in the UK as the Government believes this is the best long-term guarantee of competitive prices.


Written Question
Fuel Oil and Liquefied Natural Gas
Tuesday 12th July 2022

Asked by: Lord Bishop of Gloucester (Bishops - Bishops)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many households in the UK rely on (1) oil, and (2) liquified petroleum gas, as their sole source of energy.

Answered by Lord Callanan - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)

Oil as primary source:

  • 760,000 households in England (The English Housing Survey (2019));
  • 129,000 households in Scotland (The Scottish House Condition Survey (2019));
  • 140,000 households in Wales (The Welsh Housing Conditions Survey (2017/18));
  • 526,000 households in Northern Ireland (The Northern Ireland House Condition Survey (2016).

Liquified petroleum gas as primary source:

  • 160,000 households in England (The English Housing Survey (2019));
  • 18,000 households in Scotland (The Scottish House Condition Survey (2019));
  • Data on liquified petroleum gas has not been published separately in Wales or Northern Ireland.

Written Question
Fuel Oil and Liquefied Natural Gas: Prices
Tuesday 12th July 2022

Asked by: Lord Bishop of Gloucester (Bishops - Bishops)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had regarding the adequacy of regulations governing the costs paid by off-grid households for (1) oil, and (2) liquified petroleum gas.

Answered by Lord Callanan - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)

The Government understands that fuel prices are an important component of off-grid household and business expenditures and recognises the impact of fuel costs on UK consumers.

The main drivers of changes in heating oil and liquified petroleum gas are the international traded prices of crude oils and refined products. The Government continues to monitor the market closely. An open and competitive market is the best way to keep prices low.