Sir Alan Campbell Written Questions

19 Questions to Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy tabled by Sir Alan Campbell


Date Title Questioner
26 Feb 2018, 3:34 p.m. Domestic Appliances: Safety Sir Alan Campbell

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the General Data Protection Regulation, what steps he is taking to support manufacturers to track appliances sold to customers to enable effective product corrective action.

Answer (Andrew Griffiths)

Manufacturers and distributors are responsible for ensuring they have effective systems in place to prevent risks to consumers if a product that they have placed on the market is found to be unsafe.

On 21st January I announced the creation of a new Office for Product Safety and Standards to co-ordinate rapid and effective action on national product safety issues. The new Office is supporting the British Standards Institution (BSI) to develop a code of practice on corrective action and recalls which aims to help business to prepare and deal with any product safety issue which may arise.

The code will provide guidance on the use of data, including that it should be handled in accordance with data protection legislation, which would include the General Data Protection Regulation when it comes into force in May 2018. The code will be published shortly.

20 Nov 2017, 2:50 p.m. Microgeneration: Finance Sir Alan Campbell

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the amount of the financial reserves held under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme; and what plans he has for the use of those reserves.

Answer (Claire Perry)

The latest verified accounts for the MCS Service Company are published on the Companies House website. This states that as of 29 February 2016 there was £6,794,171 held in the account on behalf of the Secretary of State (of the Department for Energy and Climate Change; now the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy). At that time there was also £1,895,623 held in Escrow.

The MCS Service Company has the right to use funds drawn from the account in relation to the day to day activities of the Company. Negotiations are currently taking place for the Scheme to be transferred to the MCS Charitable Foundation, at which point the reserves will be the responsibility of the MCS Charitable Foundation.

26 Oct 2017, 4 p.m. Energy: Housing Sir Alan Campbell

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 19 October 2017 to Question 106663, on energy: housing, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the Each Home Counts quality mark; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Claire Perry)

Each Home Counts was an independent review, which reported in December 2016. The majority of the recommendations, including creation of a quality mark, were directed at industry rather than Government, and it is for industry to propose how it will be implemented.

As stated in the review’s report, the intention of the quality mark is to bring better clarity and protection to all those operating in the sector, and to those benefiting from energy efficiency and renewable energy measures, as well as to simplify the landscape and seek to remove complexity and bureaucracy for businesses wherever possible. It is also intended to provide consumers with confidence in the benefits they will receive from having measures installed in their homes and in the quality of the advice they receive on energy saving measures and their installation.

As there is no regulatory requirement Government does not plan to conduct a dedicated economic impact assessment for Each Home Counts.

Ministers have not had discussions with existing providers of quality marks or other schemes on the introduction of the Each Home Counts quality mark, but officials have participated in discussions with the Implementation Board, which operates on a voluntary basis, and a number of stakeholders including businesses and trade bodies.

26 Oct 2017, 4 p.m. Energy: Housing Sir Alan Campbell

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 19 October 2017 to Question 106663, on energy: housing, what discussions he has had with operators of existing trader quality mark schemes on the introduction of the Each Home Counts quality mark.

Answer (Claire Perry)

Each Home Counts was an independent review, which reported in December 2016. The majority of the recommendations, including creation of a quality mark, were directed at industry rather than Government, and it is for industry to propose how it will be implemented.

As stated in the review’s report, the intention of the quality mark is to bring better clarity and protection to all those operating in the sector, and to those benefiting from energy efficiency and renewable energy measures, as well as to simplify the landscape and seek to remove complexity and bureaucracy for businesses wherever possible. It is also intended to provide consumers with confidence in the benefits they will receive from having measures installed in their homes and in the quality of the advice they receive on energy saving measures and their installation.

As there is no regulatory requirement Government does not plan to conduct a dedicated economic impact assessment for Each Home Counts.

Ministers have not had discussions with existing providers of quality marks or other schemes on the introduction of the Each Home Counts quality mark, but officials have participated in discussions with the Implementation Board, which operates on a voluntary basis, and a number of stakeholders including businesses and trade bodies.

20 Oct 2017, 11:21 a.m. Consumer Advice, Protection, Standards and Enforcement for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Independent Review Sir Alan Campbell

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to make available the minutes of the Each Home Counts implementation board.

Answer (Claire Perry)

Each Home Counts was an independent review, led by Dr. Peter Bonfield, which published its report in December 2016. Implementation of Each Home Counts is being led by industry with the support of Government, in line with the recommendations of the review. Appointments to the Implementation Board and steering groups are made by industry where members provide expertise from across the sector, reflecting the scope of recommendations identified by the review. Board members participate on a voluntary basis, and receive no remuneration for doing so.

The Board has encouraged constructive stakeholder participation and a broad range of industry stakeholders have been involved in Each Home Counts, including representatives from the heating sector. The Chair of the Board last met representatives of the heating industry on 6 July and is due to meet them again on 24 October.

All members of the Implementation Board and workstream leads are required to declare any conflicts of interest. Where conflicts are identified individuals are excluded from any decision making process in which they would have an actual or perceived conflict. Due to the independent nature of the Implementation Board, it would be for the Chair and members to consider sharing minutes of their meetings. Information about Board meetings is shared with stakeholders in the fortnightly Each Home Counts newsletter.

20 Oct 2017, 11:21 a.m. Consumer Advice, Protection, Standards and Enforcement for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Independent Review Sir Alan Campbell

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the Chair of the Each Home Counts implementation board last met representatives of the heating industry.

Answer (Claire Perry)

Each Home Counts was an independent review, led by Dr. Peter Bonfield, which published its report in December 2016. Implementation of Each Home Counts is being led by industry with the support of Government, in line with the recommendations of the review. Appointments to the Implementation Board and steering groups are made by industry where members provide expertise from across the sector, reflecting the scope of recommendations identified by the review. Board members participate on a voluntary basis, and receive no remuneration for doing so.

The Board has encouraged constructive stakeholder participation and a broad range of industry stakeholders have been involved in Each Home Counts, including representatives from the heating sector. The Chair of the Board last met representatives of the heating industry on 6 July and is due to meet them again on 24 October.

All members of the Implementation Board and workstream leads are required to declare any conflicts of interest. Where conflicts are identified individuals are excluded from any decision making process in which they would have an actual or perceived conflict. Due to the independent nature of the Implementation Board, it would be for the Chair and members to consider sharing minutes of their meetings. Information about Board meetings is shared with stakeholders in the fortnightly Each Home Counts newsletter.

20 Oct 2017, 11:21 a.m. Consumer Advice, Protection, Standards and Enforcement for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Independent Review Sir Alan Campbell

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to ensure that there is no conflict of interest for individuals leading work streams under Each Home Counts.

Answer (Claire Perry)

Each Home Counts was an independent review, led by Dr. Peter Bonfield, which published its report in December 2016. Implementation of Each Home Counts is being led by industry with the support of Government, in line with the recommendations of the review. Appointments to the Implementation Board and steering groups are made by industry where members provide expertise from across the sector, reflecting the scope of recommendations identified by the review. Board members participate on a voluntary basis, and receive no remuneration for doing so.

The Board has encouraged constructive stakeholder participation and a broad range of industry stakeholders have been involved in Each Home Counts, including representatives from the heating sector. The Chair of the Board last met representatives of the heating industry on 6 July and is due to meet them again on 24 October.

All members of the Implementation Board and workstream leads are required to declare any conflicts of interest. Where conflicts are identified individuals are excluded from any decision making process in which they would have an actual or perceived conflict. Due to the independent nature of the Implementation Board, it would be for the Chair and members to consider sharing minutes of their meetings. Information about Board meetings is shared with stakeholders in the fortnightly Each Home Counts newsletter.

20 Oct 2017, 11:21 a.m. Consumer Advice, Protection, Standards and Enforcement for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Independent Review Sir Alan Campbell

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to ensure transparency in the appointment of members to the Each Home Counts steering group and implementation board.

Answer (Claire Perry)

Each Home Counts was an independent review, led by Dr. Peter Bonfield, which published its report in December 2016. Implementation of Each Home Counts is being led by industry with the support of Government, in line with the recommendations of the review. Appointments to the Implementation Board and steering groups are made by industry where members provide expertise from across the sector, reflecting the scope of recommendations identified by the review. Board members participate on a voluntary basis, and receive no remuneration for doing so.

The Board has encouraged constructive stakeholder participation and a broad range of industry stakeholders have been involved in Each Home Counts, including representatives from the heating sector. The Chair of the Board last met representatives of the heating industry on 6 July and is due to meet them again on 24 October.

All members of the Implementation Board and workstream leads are required to declare any conflicts of interest. Where conflicts are identified individuals are excluded from any decision making process in which they would have an actual or perceived conflict. Due to the independent nature of the Implementation Board, it would be for the Chair and members to consider sharing minutes of their meetings. Information about Board meetings is shared with stakeholders in the fortnightly Each Home Counts newsletter.

19 Oct 2017, 4:32 p.m. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Consumer Advice, Protection, Standards and Enforcement for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Independent Review Sir Alan Campbell

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will list the dates when he and Ministers of his Department met the Each Home Counts implementation board since December 2016.

Answer (Claire Perry)

The Each Home Counts review was an independent review, led by Dr. Peter Bonfield, which published its report in December 2016. Implementation of Each Home Counts is being led by industry, with the support of Government. All members of the Implementation Board participate on a voluntary basis with no remuneration and are required to declare any conflicts of interest. Where conflicts are identified members are excluded from any decision making process in which they would have an actual or perceived conflict. Ministers have not met with the Implementation Board since December 2016, but Departmental officials are present at meetings as observers.

The approach taken by the Board has been to encourage constructive stakeholder participation and engage across the sector. A broad range of stakeholders have been involved, including members representative of GasSafe installers.

One of the main recommendations from the Review was to establish a quality mark for retrofit energy efficiency and renewable energy measures, and for companies operating in this sector.

It is for industry to propose how the new quality mark framework will be structured and financed. As indicated in the Review it is intended that action build on good practice so reducing bureaucracy and potential duplication and reducing cost for industry and consumers overall.

The Each Home Counts review recognised that there is already good practice in the sector and many organisations operate to high standards. Where the quality mark requirements are already being met, companies will be able to apply to operate under the quality mark without further improvements. There is no intention from Government to make participation in the proposed Each Home Counts quality mark mandatory for any business or sector. As there is no regulatory requirement, Government does not plan to conduct a dedicated economic impact assessment for Each Home Counts.

19 Oct 2017, 4:32 p.m. Consumer Advice, Protection, Standards and Enforcement for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Independent Review Sir Alan Campbell

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the total cost to the public purse is of the Each Home Counts review.

Answer (Claire Perry)

The Each Home Counts review was an independent review, led by Dr. Peter Bonfield, which published its report in December 2016. Implementation of Each Home Counts is being led by industry, with the support of Government. All members of the Implementation Board participate on a voluntary basis with no remuneration and are required to declare any conflicts of interest. Where conflicts are identified members are excluded from any decision making process in which they would have an actual or perceived conflict. Ministers have not met with the Implementation Board since December 2016, but Departmental officials are present at meetings as observers.

The approach taken by the Board has been to encourage constructive stakeholder participation and engage across the sector. A broad range of stakeholders have been involved, including members representative of GasSafe installers.

One of the main recommendations from the Review was to establish a quality mark for retrofit energy efficiency and renewable energy measures, and for companies operating in this sector.

It is for industry to propose how the new quality mark framework will be structured and financed. As indicated in the Review it is intended that action build on good practice so reducing bureaucracy and potential duplication and reducing cost for industry and consumers overall.

The Each Home Counts review recognised that there is already good practice in the sector and many organisations operate to high standards. Where the quality mark requirements are already being met, companies will be able to apply to operate under the quality mark without further improvements. There is no intention from Government to make participation in the proposed Each Home Counts quality mark mandatory for any business or sector. As there is no regulatory requirement, Government does not plan to conduct a dedicated economic impact assessment for Each Home Counts.

19 Oct 2017, 4:32 p.m. Consumer Advice, Protection, Standards and Enforcement for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Independent Review: Pay Sir Alan Campbell

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether industry members of the Each Home Counts implementation board receive a payment from his Department.

Answer (Claire Perry)

The Each Home Counts review was an independent review, led by Dr. Peter Bonfield, which published its report in December 2016. Implementation of Each Home Counts is being led by industry, with the support of Government. All members of the Implementation Board participate on a voluntary basis with no remuneration and are required to declare any conflicts of interest. Where conflicts are identified members are excluded from any decision making process in which they would have an actual or perceived conflict. Ministers have not met with the Implementation Board since December 2016, but Departmental officials are present at meetings as observers.

The approach taken by the Board has been to encourage constructive stakeholder participation and engage across the sector. A broad range of stakeholders have been involved, including members representative of GasSafe installers.

One of the main recommendations from the Review was to establish a quality mark for retrofit energy efficiency and renewable energy measures, and for companies operating in this sector.

It is for industry to propose how the new quality mark framework will be structured and financed. As indicated in the Review it is intended that action build on good practice so reducing bureaucracy and potential duplication and reducing cost for industry and consumers overall.

The Each Home Counts review recognised that there is already good practice in the sector and many organisations operate to high standards. Where the quality mark requirements are already being met, companies will be able to apply to operate under the quality mark without further improvements. There is no intention from Government to make participation in the proposed Each Home Counts quality mark mandatory for any business or sector. As there is no regulatory requirement, Government does not plan to conduct a dedicated economic impact assessment for Each Home Counts.

19 Oct 2017, 4:32 p.m. Energy: Housing Sir Alan Campbell

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential financial effect on consumers of implementation of the recommendations set out in the Each Home Counts review.

Answer (Claire Perry)

The Each Home Counts review was an independent review, led by Dr. Peter Bonfield, which published its report in December 2016. Implementation of Each Home Counts is being led by industry, with the support of Government. All members of the Implementation Board participate on a voluntary basis with no remuneration and are required to declare any conflicts of interest. Where conflicts are identified members are excluded from any decision making process in which they would have an actual or perceived conflict. Ministers have not met with the Implementation Board since December 2016, but Departmental officials are present at meetings as observers.

The approach taken by the Board has been to encourage constructive stakeholder participation and engage across the sector. A broad range of stakeholders have been involved, including members representative of GasSafe installers.

One of the main recommendations from the Review was to establish a quality mark for retrofit energy efficiency and renewable energy measures, and for companies operating in this sector.

It is for industry to propose how the new quality mark framework will be structured and financed. As indicated in the Review it is intended that action build on good practice so reducing bureaucracy and potential duplication and reducing cost for industry and consumers overall.

The Each Home Counts review recognised that there is already good practice in the sector and many organisations operate to high standards. Where the quality mark requirements are already being met, companies will be able to apply to operate under the quality mark without further improvements. There is no intention from Government to make participation in the proposed Each Home Counts quality mark mandatory for any business or sector. As there is no regulatory requirement, Government does not plan to conduct a dedicated economic impact assessment for Each Home Counts.

19 Oct 2017, 4:32 p.m. Energy: Housing Sir Alan Campbell

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has conducted an economic impact assessment of the recommendations set out in the Each Home Counts review; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Claire Perry)

The Each Home Counts review was an independent review, led by Dr. Peter Bonfield, which published its report in December 2016. Implementation of Each Home Counts is being led by industry, with the support of Government. All members of the Implementation Board participate on a voluntary basis with no remuneration and are required to declare any conflicts of interest. Where conflicts are identified members are excluded from any decision making process in which they would have an actual or perceived conflict. Ministers have not met with the Implementation Board since December 2016, but Departmental officials are present at meetings as observers.

The approach taken by the Board has been to encourage constructive stakeholder participation and engage across the sector. A broad range of stakeholders have been involved, including members representative of GasSafe installers.

One of the main recommendations from the Review was to establish a quality mark for retrofit energy efficiency and renewable energy measures, and for companies operating in this sector.

It is for industry to propose how the new quality mark framework will be structured and financed. As indicated in the Review it is intended that action build on good practice so reducing bureaucracy and potential duplication and reducing cost for industry and consumers overall.

The Each Home Counts review recognised that there is already good practice in the sector and many organisations operate to high standards. Where the quality mark requirements are already being met, companies will be able to apply to operate under the quality mark without further improvements. There is no intention from Government to make participation in the proposed Each Home Counts quality mark mandatory for any business or sector. As there is no regulatory requirement, Government does not plan to conduct a dedicated economic impact assessment for Each Home Counts.

19 Oct 2017, 4:32 p.m. Energy: Housing Sir Alan Campbell

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the total cost to industry of the quality mark proposals recommended by the Each Home Counts implementation board.

Answer (Claire Perry)

The Each Home Counts review was an independent review, led by Dr. Peter Bonfield, which published its report in December 2016. Implementation of Each Home Counts is being led by industry, with the support of Government. All members of the Implementation Board participate on a voluntary basis with no remuneration and are required to declare any conflicts of interest. Where conflicts are identified members are excluded from any decision making process in which they would have an actual or perceived conflict. Ministers have not met with the Implementation Board since December 2016, but Departmental officials are present at meetings as observers.

The approach taken by the Board has been to encourage constructive stakeholder participation and engage across the sector. A broad range of stakeholders have been involved, including members representative of GasSafe installers.

One of the main recommendations from the Review was to establish a quality mark for retrofit energy efficiency and renewable energy measures, and for companies operating in this sector.

It is for industry to propose how the new quality mark framework will be structured and financed. As indicated in the Review it is intended that action build on good practice so reducing bureaucracy and potential duplication and reducing cost for industry and consumers overall.

The Each Home Counts review recognised that there is already good practice in the sector and many organisations operate to high standards. Where the quality mark requirements are already being met, companies will be able to apply to operate under the quality mark without further improvements. There is no intention from Government to make participation in the proposed Each Home Counts quality mark mandatory for any business or sector. As there is no regulatory requirement, Government does not plan to conduct a dedicated economic impact assessment for Each Home Counts.

19 Oct 2017, 4:32 p.m. Consumer Advice, Protection, Standards and Enforcement for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Independent Review: Business Interests Sir Alan Campbell

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Each Home Counts implementation board has no financial interest in the outcome of its recommendations.

Answer (Claire Perry)

The Each Home Counts review was an independent review, led by Dr. Peter Bonfield, which published its report in December 2016. Implementation of Each Home Counts is being led by industry, with the support of Government. All members of the Implementation Board participate on a voluntary basis with no remuneration and are required to declare any conflicts of interest. Where conflicts are identified members are excluded from any decision making process in which they would have an actual or perceived conflict. Ministers have not met with the Implementation Board since December 2016, but Departmental officials are present at meetings as observers.

The approach taken by the Board has been to encourage constructive stakeholder participation and engage across the sector. A broad range of stakeholders have been involved, including members representative of GasSafe installers.

One of the main recommendations from the Review was to establish a quality mark for retrofit energy efficiency and renewable energy measures, and for companies operating in this sector.

It is for industry to propose how the new quality mark framework will be structured and financed. As indicated in the Review it is intended that action build on good practice so reducing bureaucracy and potential duplication and reducing cost for industry and consumers overall.

The Each Home Counts review recognised that there is already good practice in the sector and many organisations operate to high standards. Where the quality mark requirements are already being met, companies will be able to apply to operate under the quality mark without further improvements. There is no intention from Government to make participation in the proposed Each Home Counts quality mark mandatory for any business or sector. As there is no regulatory requirement, Government does not plan to conduct a dedicated economic impact assessment for Each Home Counts.

19 Oct 2017, 4:32 p.m. Natural Gas: Housing Sir Alan Campbell

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he has taken to consult gas-safe registered installers on the Each Home Counts implementation board's recommendations.

Answer (Claire Perry)

The Each Home Counts review was an independent review, led by Dr. Peter Bonfield, which published its report in December 2016. Implementation of Each Home Counts is being led by industry, with the support of Government. All members of the Implementation Board participate on a voluntary basis with no remuneration and are required to declare any conflicts of interest. Where conflicts are identified members are excluded from any decision making process in which they would have an actual or perceived conflict. Ministers have not met with the Implementation Board since December 2016, but Departmental officials are present at meetings as observers.

The approach taken by the Board has been to encourage constructive stakeholder participation and engage across the sector. A broad range of stakeholders have been involved, including members representative of GasSafe installers.

One of the main recommendations from the Review was to establish a quality mark for retrofit energy efficiency and renewable energy measures, and for companies operating in this sector.

It is for industry to propose how the new quality mark framework will be structured and financed. As indicated in the Review it is intended that action build on good practice so reducing bureaucracy and potential duplication and reducing cost for industry and consumers overall.

The Each Home Counts review recognised that there is already good practice in the sector and many organisations operate to high standards. Where the quality mark requirements are already being met, companies will be able to apply to operate under the quality mark without further improvements. There is no intention from Government to make participation in the proposed Each Home Counts quality mark mandatory for any business or sector. As there is no regulatory requirement, Government does not plan to conduct a dedicated economic impact assessment for Each Home Counts.

19 Oct 2017, 4:32 p.m. Natural Gas: Housing Sir Alan Campbell

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he is taking to steps to ensure that gas-safe registered installers are not required to undertake additional work as a result of the Each Home Counts review.

Answer (Claire Perry)

The Each Home Counts review was an independent review, led by Dr. Peter Bonfield, which published its report in December 2016. Implementation of Each Home Counts is being led by industry, with the support of Government. All members of the Implementation Board participate on a voluntary basis with no remuneration and are required to declare any conflicts of interest. Where conflicts are identified members are excluded from any decision making process in which they would have an actual or perceived conflict. Ministers have not met with the Implementation Board since December 2016, but Departmental officials are present at meetings as observers.

The approach taken by the Board has been to encourage constructive stakeholder participation and engage across the sector. A broad range of stakeholders have been involved, including members representative of GasSafe installers.

One of the main recommendations from the Review was to establish a quality mark for retrofit energy efficiency and renewable energy measures, and for companies operating in this sector.

It is for industry to propose how the new quality mark framework will be structured and financed. As indicated in the Review it is intended that action build on good practice so reducing bureaucracy and potential duplication and reducing cost for industry and consumers overall.

The Each Home Counts review recognised that there is already good practice in the sector and many organisations operate to high standards. Where the quality mark requirements are already being met, companies will be able to apply to operate under the quality mark without further improvements. There is no intention from Government to make participation in the proposed Each Home Counts quality mark mandatory for any business or sector. As there is no regulatory requirement, Government does not plan to conduct a dedicated economic impact assessment for Each Home Counts.

5 Sep 2017, 4:32 p.m. Natural Gas: Storage Sir Alan Campbell

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will direct the Oil and Gas Authority under the provisions of the Energy Act 2016 in the public interest to consider the decision to close the Rough gas storage facility.

Answer (Richard Harrington)

There has been significant investment in the UK’s natural gas supply infrastructure over the last decade. As a result we benefit from highly diverse and flexible sources of natural gas, including: production from the North Sea; six international gas pipelines with Norway, Belgium and the Netherlands; three Liquefied Natural Gas terminals that can bring gas from anywhere in the world; and a number of modern, responsive gas storage facilities. On this basis I do not consider it appropriate to invoke the provisions under Section 8 of the Energy Act 2016. The Department has recently undertaken a full strategic assessment of our long-term gas security, and we will publish this in due course.

5 Sep 2017, 4:31 p.m. Natural Gas: Storage Sir Alan Campbell

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will direct the Oil and Gas Authority under the provisions of the Energy Act 2016 to investigate the financial viability of gas storage operations in the UK.

Answer (Richard Harrington)

It is not the role of the Oil and Gas Authority to conduct such an assessment. The Department has recently undertaken a full strategic assessment of our long-term gas security, and we will publish this in due course.