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Alan Whitehead

Labour - Southampton, Test

First elected: 1st May 1997

Shadow Minister (Climate Change and Net Zero)

(since December 2021)

Energy Bill [HL]
17th May 2023 - 29th Jun 2023
Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th Oct 2016 - 4th Dec 2021
Nuclear Energy (Financing) Bill
9th Nov 2021 - 25th Nov 2021
Environmental Audit Committee
12th Sep 2016 - 28th Nov 2016
Shadow Minister (Energy and Climate Change)
18th Sep 2015 - 28th Jun 2016
Energy and Climate Change Committee
8th Jul 2015 - 30th Nov 2015
Committee on Privileges
7th Jan 2013 - 30th Mar 2015
Committee on Standards
7th Jan 2013 - 30th Mar 2015
Environmental Audit Committee
26th Jul 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Energy and Climate Change Committee
19th Jan 2009 - 30th Mar 2015
Committee on Standards: Standards Review Sub-Committee
10th Jun 2014 - 30th Mar 2015
Committee of Privileges
7th Jan 2013 - 30th Mar 2015
Standards and Privileges
12th Jul 2005 - 7th Jan 2013
Justice Committee
6th Nov 2007 - 6th May 2010
Draft Marine Bill (Joint Committee)
8th May 2008 - 22nd Jul 2008
Constitutional Affairs
28th Jan 2003 - 6th Nov 2007
Draft Climate Change Bill (Joint Committee)
18th Mar 2007 - 3rd Aug 2007
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Transport, Local Government and Regions)
11th Jun 2001 - 28th May 2002
Environment Sub-committee
15th Jul 1997 - 6th Dec 1999
Environment, Transport & Regional Affairs
14th Jul 1997 - 6th Dec 1999


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Alan Whitehead has voted in 864 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

Speeches made during Parliamentary debates are recorded in Hansard. For ease of browsing we have grouped debates into individual, departmental and legislative categories.

Sparring Partners
Andrew Bowie (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
(160 debate interactions)
Rebecca Pow (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
(130 debate interactions)
Greg Hands (Conservative)
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
(84 debate interactions)
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Legislation Debates
Environment Act 2021
(75,303 words contributed)
Energy Act 2023
(59,889 words contributed)
Nuclear Energy (Financing) Act 2022
(32,050 words contributed)
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Southampton, Test Petitions

e-Petitions are administered by Parliament and allow members of the public to express support for a particular issue.

If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

Petition Debates Contributed

The Government needs to take back ownership of strategic energy assets. It needs to accept that the Free Market has failed the energy sector, that it is in the national interest to renationalise our energy assets. The Government must therefore renationalise all the UK energy assets.

Current legislation allows for public use of fireworks 16 hours a day, every day, making it impossible for vulnerable groups to take precautions against the distress they can cause. Better enforcement of existing law is insufficient; limiting their sale & use to licensed displays only is necessary.

Every year more and more people, animals and wildlife get hurt by fireworks. It’s time something was fine to stop this. There are enough organised firework groups around for us to still enjoy fireworks safely so please help me stop the needless sale of them to the public!


Latest EDMs signed by Alan Whitehead

23rd September 2021
Alan Whitehead signed this EDM on Thursday 28th October 2021

Campaign to secure the future of the Covid Memorial Wall

Tabled by: Afzal Khan (Labour - Manchester, Gorton)
That this House welcomes the creation of the Covid Memorial Wall on Albert Embankment by Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice; notes that this memorial now includes over 150,000 hand-painted hearts to symbolise all those who lost their lives during the coronavirus pandemic; praises the work of Covid-19 Bereaved Families for …
139 signatures
(Most recent: 21 Feb 2022)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 97
Scottish National Party: 15
Liberal Democrat: 10
Conservative: 5
Democratic Unionist Party: 4
Independent: 4
Plaid Cymru: 3
Green Party: 1
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 1
19th December 2017
Alan Whitehead signed this EDM on Thursday 21st December 2017

NATIONAL SIKH WAR MEMORIAL

Tabled by: Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi (Labour - Slough)
That this House appreciates the extraordinary bravery and sacrifices of Sikh soldiers in service of Great Britain, including during both World Wars, and supports the erection of a permanent national monument in a prime central London location to commemorate and highlight these contributions; notes that for over a decade there …
265 signatures
(Most recent: 2 Feb 2018)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 167
Conservative: 33
Scottish National Party: 25
Independent: 15
Liberal Democrat: 9
Democratic Unionist Party: 9
Plaid Cymru: 3
Non-affiliated: 2
The Independent Group for Change: 2
Crossbench: 1
Green Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Alan Whitehead, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.

MPs who are act as Ministers or Shadow Ministers are generally restricted from performing Commons initiatives other than Urgent Questions.


Alan Whitehead has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Alan Whitehead has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

4 Bills introduced by Alan Whitehead


A Bill to require the Secretary of State to draw up and publish an Energy in Buildings Strategy; to require the Secretary of State to take reasonable steps to implement that Strategy; to require the Secretary of State to set cost-effective targets to reduce fuel use; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Monday 21st July 2014

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Monday 21st July 2014

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to promote energy efficiency and a reduction in energy costs; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 11th December 2012

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to amend the Energy Act 2011 to enable residents of houses in multiple occupation to benefit from the provisions in the Act designed to increase energy efficiency; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 23rd January 2013

1 Bill co-sponsored by Alan Whitehead

Nuclear Submarine Recycling (Reporting) Bill 2017-19
Sponsor - Luke Pollard (LAB)


Latest 50 Written Questions

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1 Other Department Questions
18th Aug 2021
To ask the President of COP26, if the Government will take steps to encourage world leaders attending COP26 to develop a global strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by the intensive animal agriculture sector.

At COP26 in November, as part of our Nature Campaign, we will be hosting a World Leaders Summit to put forward high-level ambition, by pushing for ambitious commitments from countries to transition to sustainable agriculture and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Agriculture, forestry and other land-use accounts for 23% of global emissions, so action in this area is critical to keeping the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5° within reach.

Together with the World Bank, we are co-hosting an international policy dialogue on the Transition to Sustainable Agriculture and developing a Policy Action Agenda on this issue to be launched at COP26.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
5th Feb 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he plans to help support every signatory to the Paris Climate Change Agreement in proposing updated intended nationally determined contributions in time for COP 26.

I refer the Hon. Member to the answers the Prime Minister gave on 5 February (Official Report Volume 671 col 306-314).

The UK will be encouraging all countries to submit increased Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) ahead of COP26. As part of this the UK will come forward with an enhanced NDC.

HM Government provides support in a number of ways to the development of new NDCs, including through our International Climate Finance Programme (IFCP), for which the Prime Minister has announced a doubling of support to £11.6 billion for the period 2021/22-2025/26. The IFCP also supports UK aid projects, including the protection and restoration of forests.

Discussions with delivery partners regarding costs for COP26 are ongoing, and final budgets are yet to be confirmed.

Further details will be announced in due course.

5th Feb 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he plans to introduce a global goal for tree planting and protection at COP 26 in late 2020.

I refer the Hon. Member to the answers the Prime Minister gave on 5 February (Official Report Volume 671 col 306-314).

The UK will be encouraging all countries to submit increased Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) ahead of COP26. As part of this the UK will come forward with an enhanced NDC.

HM Government provides support in a number of ways to the development of new NDCs, including through our International Climate Finance Programme (IFCP), for which the Prime Minister has announced a doubling of support to £11.6 billion for the period 2021/22-2025/26. The IFCP also supports UK aid projects, including the protection and restoration of forests.

Discussions with delivery partners regarding costs for COP26 are ongoing, and final budgets are yet to be confirmed.

Further details will be announced in due course.

5th Feb 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of changing the location of COP 26 in late 2020.

I refer the Hon. Member to the answers the Prime Minister gave on 5 February (Official Report Volume 671 col 306-314).

The UK will be encouraging all countries to submit increased Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) ahead of COP26. As part of this the UK will come forward with an enhanced NDC.

HM Government provides support in a number of ways to the development of new NDCs, including through our International Climate Finance Programme (IFCP), for which the Prime Minister has announced a doubling of support to £11.6 billion for the period 2021/22-2025/26. The IFCP also supports UK aid projects, including the protection and restoration of forests.

Discussions with delivery partners regarding costs for COP26 are ongoing, and final budgets are yet to be confirmed.

Further details will be announced in due course.

5th Feb 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the budget is for hosting COP 26.

I refer the Hon. Member to the answers the Prime Minister gave on 5 February (Official Report Volume 671 col 306-314).

The UK will be encouraging all countries to submit increased Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) ahead of COP26. As part of this the UK will come forward with an enhanced NDC.

HM Government provides support in a number of ways to the development of new NDCs, including through our International Climate Finance Programme (IFCP), for which the Prime Minister has announced a doubling of support to £11.6 billion for the period 2021/22-2025/26. The IFCP also supports UK aid projects, including the protection and restoration of forests.

Discussions with delivery partners regarding costs for COP26 are ongoing, and final budgets are yet to be confirmed.

Further details will be announced in due course.

24th Jan 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will produce a report on progress made towards COP26.

COP26 is a priority for this Government. We have established a dedicated unit, in the Cabinet Office, to deliver the event and draw together all related UK policy.

The Unit is focused on operational delivery and developing policy goals.

24th Jan 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department has employed Boston Consulting Group in relation to Government preparations for the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties.

Boston Consulting Group is providing pro-bono strategic project support to the COP26 Unit.

28th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she has had recent discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the potential merits of implementing a carbon border adjustment mechanism.

The Secretary of State for Business and Trade and Chancellor of the Exchequer engage regularly on matters related to business and trade objectives, including supporting businesses to invest, grow and export.

In December 2023 the Government set out its intention to implement a UK carbon border adjustment mechanism by 2027, explaining that further details on its design and delivery will be subject to consultation this year.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
12th Apr 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential impact of recoupling the GB and EU day-ahead electricity markets without recoupling the intraday markets on the competitiveness of wholesale electricity markets.

In 2021, HMG consulted on current arrangements for trading electricity on power exchanges in the GB wholesale electricity market and outlined proposals to support efficient cross-border trading. That consultation focused on day-ahead trading but also sought views on the intraday timeframe.

HMG’s consultation response outlined the intention to legislate to achieve a single GB clearing price in the day-ahead timeframe, subject to engagement with the UK-EU Specialised Committee on Energy, industry and stakeholders to ensure HMG is well placed to make a final decision on progressing legislation. HMG confirmed development of efficient arrangements in other timeframes should remain under review.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/re-coupling-great-britain-electricity-auctions-for-cross-border-trade

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
25th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many and what proportion of applications her Department has received from heat suppliers via the Energy Bills Discount Scheme; and how many individual heat networks are covered by those applications.

The Department has received around 14,400 Energy Bills Discount Scheme applications for heat networks. There is no centralised list of heat networks across the UK, or how many domestic customers these networks serve. The most reliable data we have access to is taken from the Heat Network Metering and Billing Regulations, which estimates that there are 8,900 heat networks serving residential customers in the UK.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
25th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many qualifying heat supplier certificates have been issued via the Energy Bills Discount Scheme.

As of 28 March 2024, 12,743 heat network applications for the Energy Bills Discount Scheme have been approved (and therefore certificates issued).

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
25th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many and what proportion of heat suppliers has her Department taken enforcement action against under the Energy Bills Discount Scheme as of 25 March 2023.

The Office of Product Safety and Standards acts on behalf of the Secretary of State to enforce the scheme. They have taken action against 657 heat network cases.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
25th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will make it her policy to accept retrospective support applications from heat suppliers via the Energy Bills Discount Scheme after 31 March 2024.

For eligible heat networks, the deadline to apply for the scheme was 31 March 2024. The closure of the Energy Bills Discount Scheme for heat networks has been communicated through numerous campaigns, online, and through targeted outreach to suppliers and networks. We also wrote to Members of Parliament who have qualifying heat networks in their constituency, asking them to reach out to the heat network suppliers to inform them of their requirement to apply for the scheme.

However, the Department is allowing a two-week grace period following the 31 March 2024 deadline for any newly eligible heat networks to submit an application.

Any applications that submitted their application before the deadline, and were eligible on 1 April 2023, will receive support backdated to that date.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
22nd Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many rural households were in fuel poverty in (a) each region of England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland as of 22 March 2024.

DESNZ has responsibility for the measurement of fuel poverty in England. The latest estimates of fuel poverty in England are available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/fuel-poverty-statistics

Table 5 of the detailed tables shows the number of fuel poor households by rurality in 2023 and Table 6 by region. Due to sample size constraints, it is not possible to provide suitable estimates for rural households in fuel poverty by individual region.

Fuel poverty is a devolved matter and different metrics of fuel poverty are used in the Devolved Administrations.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
20th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what the cost to consumers was of energy network improvements by Distribution Network Operators in each of the last five years.

Ofgem is responsible for regulating networks through a price control process that enables the investment needed to deliver a secure, resilient, net zero network in an efficient way, protecting consumers from excessive costs. Costs for network investment are recovered through electricity bills over a period of 45 years. The previous price control, covering the period between 2015 and 2023, enabled over £24bn of Distribution Network Operator expenditure. The cost impact on consumer bills remained broadly flat for this period.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
28th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many private rented properties have a registered exemption from minimum energy efficiency standards as of 28 February 2024.

On 28 February 2024, there were a total of 15,222 registered exemptions from the minimum energy efficiency standard regulations for both domestic and non-domestic private rented properties.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
28th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she has made an estimate of the cost to the public purse of the System Operator favoring high carbon power stations over low carbon options in the balancing mechanism.

The Electricity System Operator (ESO) has a licence obligation to operate the system in the most economic and efficient way possible. The main factors that influence operating decisions are cost, system conditions, network constraints, generators’ technical capabilities, and the ESO’s own operational capabilities.

The ESO has an ambition to operate the transmission system with 100% zero carbon for short periods in 2025. It therefore has an extensive programme of work to extend its ability to operate a zero-carbon transmission system across more market and system scenarios.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
23rd Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what progress her Department has made on the fairness and affordability review on consumer energy bills.

The Government recognises the challenges posed by cost-of-living pressures, including the impact of energy bills, and is already providing extensive financial support to households which includes a £104 billion package, or £3,700 per household on average, over 2022-2025.

We are continuing to support households with the cost of living past April 2024. In the Autumn Statement the Government announced the biggest increase to the National Living Wage, which will benefit around 2.7 million workers and is worth £1,800 to a full-time worker. We also announced an increase to benefits of 6.7% which is worth around £470.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
29th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps her Department is taking to help ensure that energy networks have the radio spectrum access they need to deliver smart energy networks.

Ofcom are carrying out a review of the future communication needs of the utilities (electricity, gas, and water) that is due for publication in Q4 2023-2024. The Department will draw on the recommendations of that report and, if a spectrum solution is recommended, work with the Department for Science Innovation and Technology to assist industry partners in securing the relevant spectrum allocation.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
18th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether she is taking steps to help increase the number of skilled electricians able to support the (a) installation and (b) maintenance of low-carbon technologies.

Government will publish the Green Jobs Plan in the first half of 2024. This will outline the actions government and industry will take to ensure we have the skilled workforce at the right time and place, to deliver our net zero, nature, and energy security targets.

We are aware of the need to increase the number of appropriately skilled electricians for installation and maintenance of low carbon technologies. The Green Jobs Delivery Group is utilising workforce assessments to understand the scale of demand in different sectors; actions are being developed to address this demand within the Green Jobs Plan.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
18th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will publish (a) the estimated cost to the public purse of contracts for difference payments to electricity generators in financial year 2022-23 and (b) the actual (i) cost and (ii) savings to the public purse of contracts for difference payments to electricity generators in financial year 2022-23.

The Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme is funded by the Supplier Obligation, a statutory levy on all GB-based licensed electricity suppliers. Typically, we expect these costs to be passed through from suppliers to consumers via electricity bills. The Office for Budget Responsibility publishes outturn and forecast of Environmental Levies, which includes the Contracts for Difference Scheme. In the year 2022-23, the Office for Budget Responsibility estimates that the outturn cost of the scheme was -£0.1 billion, i.e. a saving to electricity consumers.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
18th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential impact of different electricity generation technologies on archaeological sites; and whether she has plans to ensure that such factors are taken into account in trial trenching requirements.

Section 5.9 of the Overarching National Policy Statement for Energy (EN-1) sets out policy relevant to the Secretary of State’s consideration of impacts on the historic environment, including archaeological sites as part of the development consent process for nationally significant energy infrastructure projects. In considering any application for development consent, the Secretary of State considers all relevant matters including policy related to the historic environment.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
18th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether her Department has made an assessment of the impact of trial trenching requirements on (a) the delivery of new low-carbon generation projects and (b) associated costs for renewable energy developers.

Planning consents will set requirements for pre-construction archaeological surveys where appropriate, and techniques used may include trial trenching. The most appropriate technique is likely to depend on the specific circumstances in each case.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
18th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will consider the potential merits of delaying trial trenching for ground-mounted solar projects until after consent has been granted.

Planning guidance on assessing potential impacts of large-scale solar projects on the historic environment is set out in the recently published Energy National Policy Statements. In most cases, applicants are required to seek expert assessment. Where assessments include investigative work, such as trial trenching, this should be proportionate.

Conducting this work during the pre-application planning phase enables developers to take into account findings and, if necessary, mitigate impacts by adapting project design at an early stage. It provides a robust evidence base to support decision making, helping to avoid delays after applications have been submitted or post consent.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
15th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many people have started on the (a) low carbon heating technician apprenticeship scheme, (b) Home Decarbonisation Skills Training Scheme and (c) training funded by the Heat Training Grant since September 2023.

(a) The low carbon heating technician apprenticeship standard is newly approved as of August 2023, and so published data is not yet available;

(b) Since September 2023, 1,796 accredited courses have been started under Phase 2 of the Home Decarbonisation Skills Training Competition, upskilling insulation installers and retrofit coordinators and assessors. The funding is expected to result in around 8,000 training opportunities; and,

(c) Since July 2023, the Heat Training Grant has funded 1,443 courses relevant to heat pumps and heat networks. The grant is expected to support 10,000 training opportunities by April 2025.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
15th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how many people have started on the (a) low carbon heating technician apprenticeship scheme, (b) Home Decarbonisation Skills Training Scheme and (c) training funded by the Heat Training Grant since September 2023, broken down by region.

The table below outlines the training started under the above-mentioned schemes, broken down by region:

Scheme

Local Net Zero Hub

North East & Yorkshire

North West

Midlands

Greater South East

South West

Low carbon heating technician apprenticeship

This is a new apprenticeship, so data is not yet available

Home Decarbonisation Skills Training Competition (since September 2023)

166

382

643

532

73

Heat Training Grant
(since July 2023)

214

110

345

657

117

These schemes are part way through delivery. The figures for training started will continue to increase across all regions.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
8th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether her Department has made a recent assessment of the potential merits of restoring the market making obligation on major energy suppliers to improve liquidity in the wholesale electricity market.

As the electricity market regulator, Ofgem is responsible for ensuring that the wholesale electricity market is sufficiently liquid to provide efficient outcomes for consumers. Ofgem monitors liquidity in physical and financial markets and explores options to improve it. Alongside this, through the Review of Electricity Market Arrangements, the Department is considering how to ensure liquidity is maintained as the UK transitions to future market arrangements.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
8th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether the Energy Emergencies Committee has put forward proposals for an outcomes-focused physical network resilience standard.

Members of the Energy Emergencies Executive Committee (E3C) have developed proposals for an outcomes-focused physical network resilience standard. The standard will set public and government expectations and industry targets to guide planning and funding decisions by industry and the regulator, providing a consistent approach to emergency planning and management for both national and local severe weather events. This was a commitment in the Storm Arwen Review Final Report.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
8th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether her Department has made a recent assessment of the adequacy of the liquidity of the electricity wholesale market.

The Department is aware that in recent years liquidity has been falling in the GB wholesale electricity market which has made it more challenging for suppliers and generators to manage their financial risks. Concerns over low liquidity were elevated in 2022/23 due to high and volatile wholesale energy prices, which have now stabilised somewhat.

As the electricity market regulator, Ofgem is responsible for ensuring that the wholesale electricity market is sufficiently liquid to provide efficient outcomes for consumers. The Department will also consider how to ensure liquidity is maintained in future market arrangements through its Review of Electricity Market Arrangements.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
18th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether her Department has made an assessment of the impact of not proceeding with changes to minimum energy efficiency standards in the private rented sector on the Government’s 15% energy consumption reduction target.

The ambition to reduce total UK energy demand by 15% from 2021 levels by 2030 remains. In order to meet that ambition, a range of proposals and policies are required. My Rt. Hon Friend the Secretary of State keeps under review the UK’s progress towards improving the energy efficiency of homes and will take further action if needed to ensure there are sufficient proposals and polices in place to meet the ambition.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
18th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether the draft action plan produced by the energy efficiency taskforce included a recommendation to introduce higher minimum energy efficiency standards for the private rented sector.

The Energy Efficiency Taskforce was established to support the Government with its target to reduce total UK energy demand by 15% from 2021 levels by 2030. My Rt. Hon Friend the Secretary of State has, after careful deliberation, concluded that the draft work can be streamlined into other Government activity. No finalised product was produced.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
18th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether her Department consulted the Energy Efficiency Taskforce on the decision to introduce new minimum energy efficiency standards for the private rented sector before the taskforce was disbanded.

The Department consulted regularly with the Energy Efficiency Taskforce to develop a pathway to reduce total UK energy demand by 15% from 2021 levels by 2030.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
12th Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential impact on the UK’s net zero and power decarbonisation targets of the decision to lower minimum market-wide smart coverage projection by 2025 to 74.1% .

The smart metering Targets Framework sets energy suppliers annual, individual minimum installation targets over a four-year period and is driving the momentum of the rollout.

Ofgem is responsible for regulating and enforcing energy suppliers against their minimum installation targets.

The Government will consider whether further measures are needed after 2025 in addition to the existing smart metering New and Replacement Obligation to maximise the benefits of the rollout beyond the end of the four-year Framework.

The smart meter rollout continues to unlock energy system flexibility which is forecast to reduce system costs by up to £10bn a year by 2050.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
12th Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of extending the smart meter rollout beyond 2025.

The smart metering Targets Framework sets energy suppliers annual, individual minimum installation targets over a four-year period and is driving the momentum of the rollout.

Ofgem is responsible for regulating and enforcing energy suppliers against their minimum installation targets.

The Government will consider whether further measures are needed after 2025 in addition to the existing smart metering New and Replacement Obligation to maximise the benefits of the rollout beyond the end of the four-year Framework.

The smart meter rollout continues to unlock energy system flexibility which is forecast to reduce system costs by up to £10bn a year by 2050.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
12th Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero what assessment she has made of the adequacy of progress on the Smart Meter Targets Framework.

The smart metering Targets Framework sets energy suppliers annual, individual minimum installation targets over a four-year period and is driving the momentum of the rollout.

Ofgem is responsible for regulating and enforcing energy suppliers against their minimum installation targets.

The Government will consider whether further measures are needed after 2025 in addition to the existing smart metering New and Replacement Obligation to maximise the benefits of the rollout beyond the end of the four-year Framework.

The smart meter rollout continues to unlock energy system flexibility which is forecast to reduce system costs by up to £10bn a year by 2050.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
12th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, pursuant to the Answer of 4 July 2023 to Questions 191725, 191726 and 191727 on Hydrogen, what the additional considerations associated with transmission level blending are.

Any policy decision on transmission blending will be determined by economic and safety assessments and wider strategic considerations. Additional considerations associated with transmission level blending include the impact of blends and/or varying blend rates on industrial end users connected at transmission-level. Government will also need to consider the blending plans of countries that we share interconnectors with.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
12th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether it remains his policy for the hydrogen economy to develop large cluster networks, large scale storage and integration with gas networks by 2028-2030 as set out in the UK Hydrogen Strategy, publish in August 2021.

Yes the Government is committed to the ambitions set out in the UK Hydrogen Strategy.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
10th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will make an estimate of the number of households that will require an electricity upgrade by the Distribution Network Operators to enable the electrification of heat and transport.

Government has not made such an estimate, which would depend on variables such as size of heat pump, power of electric vehicle charge point and existing supply capacity, where comprehensive data is not available. Domestic supplies can be upgraded if required, for example by installing a larger fuse, and the use of smart energy management solutions such as electric vehicle smart charging can also help reduce the maximum demand of a property to facilitate the installation, and use, of low carbon technologies.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
4th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of a cap and floor mechanism as an option to enable investment in large-scale, long-duration electricity storage.

Government is currently undertaking the next phase of policy development to assess what policy approach is best suited to enable investment in Large-scale, Long-duration Electricity Storage (LLES) projects. Government have been assessing a range of potential interventions, including cap and floor mechanisms, and their suitability to enable investment in LLES. Government anticipates further consultation with stakeholders later this year.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
4th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, pursuant to the Answer of 13 June to Question 188651 on Electricity: Storage and with reference to the Government response to the Call for Evidence on large-scale, long-duration electricity storage, published in August 2022, whether he plans to a) have an appropriate framework and (b) develop appropriate policy to enable investment by 2024.

Yes. As per the answer to Question 188651 on 13th June and In Powering Up Britain, the Government committed to put in place an appropriate framework by 2024 to enable investment in large scale long duration electricity storage (LLES), with the goal of deploying sufficient storage capacity to balance the overall system. We are currently undertaking the next phase of policy development to assess what policy approach is best suited to enable investment in LLES projects and anticipate further consultation with stakeholders later this year.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
3rd Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will make a comparative assessment of the Government making (a) fixed payments to operators of Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage based on how much CO2 is removed from the atmosphere and (b) through using carbon pricing in helping to incentivise carbon capture and storage by Bioenergy producers.

The Government assessed and consulted in August 2022 on options for the business model to deploy power Bioenergy Carbon Capture and Storage (‘BECCS’). A response was published in March 2023. The preferred approach for the business model was confirmed as being the ‘Dual CfD’, consisting of a ‘CfDe’ which values the electricity generated and a ‘CfDc’ which values the carbon stored and associated negative emissions. The UK ETS Authority has announced its intention to include engineered removals in the UK ETS, to incentivise investment and support deployment of these technologies. These technologies could include those within scope of the power BECCS business model. The Authority aims to carry out a further consultation in 2023.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
29th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, when he plans to announce his policy on blending hydrogen into the gas transmission network.

The Government aims to make a policy decision on whether to blend hydrogen into the existing gas distribution networks in 2023, subject to the outcomes from ongoing economic and safety assessments and strategic considerations, including potential impacts on hydrogen production and the wider energy system. The initial 2023 policy decision will consider distribution-level blending only. The Government will assess the case for blending at transmission-level, which may be subject to a separate policy decision at a later date. There are additional considerations associated with transmission level blending that will be factored in as part of the assessment.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
29th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment he has made of the impact of introducing hydrogen into the gas transmission network on the growth of the (a) hydrogen production and (b) renewable energy industries.

The Government aims to make a policy decision on whether to blend hydrogen into the existing gas distribution networks in 2023, subject to the outcomes from ongoing economic and safety assessments and strategic considerations, including potential impacts on hydrogen production and the wider energy system. The initial 2023 policy decision will consider distribution-level blending only. The Government will assess the case for blending at transmission-level, which may be subject to a separate policy decision at a later date. There are additional considerations associated with transmission level blending that will be factored in as part of the assessment.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
29th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether he has made a recent assessment of the potential merits of blending hydrogen into the gas transmission network.

The Government aims to make a policy decision on whether to blend hydrogen into the existing gas distribution networks in 2023, subject to the outcomes from ongoing economic and safety assessments and strategic considerations, including potential impacts on hydrogen production and the wider energy system. The initial 2023 policy decision will consider distribution-level blending only. The Government will assess the case for blending at transmission-level, which may be subject to a separate policy decision at a later date. There are additional considerations associated with transmission level blending that will be factored in as part of the assessment.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
13th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether he expects the Energy Efficiency Taskforce to publish a report by 20 July 2023.

The Energy Efficiency Taskforce is working through its ideas and a specific publication date for their action plan will follow. Progress is published at: https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/energy-efficiency-taskforce

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
8th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, with reference to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy's publication entitled Facilitating the deployment of large-scale and long-duration electricity storage, published 3 August 2022, when his Department will announce the next steps it is taking to introduce large-scale, long-duration electricity storage by 2024; and whether this will be open to consultation.

As outlined in the Powering Up Britain and British Energy Security Strategy we will put in place an appropriate framework by 2024 to enable investment in large scale long duration electricity storage (LLES), with the goal of deploying sufficient storage capacity to balance the overall system. We are currently undertaking the next phase of policy development to assess what policy approach is best suited to enable investment in LLES projects and anticipate further consultation with stakeholders later this year.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
8th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, pursuant to the Answer of 5 June 2023 to Question 186589, what steps he plans to take to set out that formal vision for the Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage sector.

The Government plans to engage with key stakeholders across the sectors of hydrogen, power, industry and greenhouse gas removals. The Government will use this engagement to help develop its vision for the CCUS sector in the 2030s and there are plans to set out the vision later this year.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
24th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether he plans to bring forward additional rounds for the Cluster Sequencing for Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage programme beyond the Track 1 and Track 2 processes.

The Government has announced plans to expand Track-1 through the Track-1 expansion process and has commenced Track-2.

The Government recognises the importance of improving visibility for investors, and will set out a vision for the CCUS sector that will support the UK's net zero ambitions and raise investor confidence.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)