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District Heating Sector
Exerpts for Sir Edward Davey
Tuesday 01 May 2018

(1 year, 9 months ago)

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Commons Chamber
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Mr Speaker Hansard
1 May 2018, 12:15 p.m.

Forgive me, but I want to get to other colleagues’ questions as well, so if it is a short sentence, I will take it, but if it is not, I will not. No? All right.

Sir Edward Davey Portrait Sir Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton) (LD) - Hansard
1 May 2018, 12:15 p.m.

Will the Minister tell us why it has taken so long to disburse some of the £320 million fund for district heating schemes? So many local authorities and other bodies want to apply for funding, but the Government are being slow in disbursing the money.

Claire Perry Hansard

I am not sure I agree with that, partly because we have to get this right and make sure that there is a competitive market and that consumers do not feel that these things are being imposed on them. We should celebrate the fact that we have £300 million to take these pilots forward. Pilot projects are under way in Manchester, Sheffield and Barking, and I look forward to funding many more.