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Ministerial Correction

Thursday 18 October 2012

Energy and Climate Change

Electricity: Merseyside

Steve Rotheram: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with Ofgem on the level of electricity prices in Merseyside; and if he will make a statement. [119999]

[Official Report, 10 September 2012, Vol. 550, c. 60W.]

Letter of correction from John Hayes:

An error has been identified in the written answer given to the hon. Member for Liverpool, Walton (Steve Rotheram) on 10 September 2012.

The full answer given was as follows:

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Mr Hayes [holding answer 7 September 2012]: DECC Ministers and officials meet with Ofgem on a regular basis to discuss a range of issues. Electricity and gas pricing for household consumers is a commercial matter for the companies concerned and is regulated by Ofgem.

In 2011, the average bills for domestic electricity customers living in Merseyside who consumed the standard consumption of 3,300 kWh per annum were:

£493 for pre-payment, £502 for standard credit and £452 direct debit (DECC Quarterly Energy Prices Publication June 2012, table 2.2.3).

The correct answer should have been:

Mr Hayes [holding answer 7 September 2012]: DECC Ministers and officials meet with Ofgem on a regular basis to discuss a range of issues. Electricity and gas pricing for household consumers is a commercial matter for the companies concerned who are regulated by Ofgem.

In 2011, the average bills for domestic electricity customers living in Merseyside who consumed the standard consumption of 3,300 kWh per annum were:

£493 for pre-payment, £502 for standard credit and £452 direct debit (DECC Quarterly Energy Prices Publication June 2012, table 2.2.3).