John Redwood’s contribution to the Energy Bill (Lords) debate (Second Reading), 11 May 2011

Mr John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): Given the looming shortage of capacity, how much new capacity is in-build as a result of decisions taken in the last year, and how much does the Minister wish to get in-build as a result of decisions in the forthcoming year?

The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (Chris Huhne): I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for his question on that issue. Obviously, there is an absolutely central objective of the electricity market reforms, on which we are consulting, and it is that we bring forward proposals. We are determined that we should have an adequate supply margin through even the toughest of winters. My whole ministerial team is determined to ensure that, and I merely urge him to wait for our White Paper, which will I hope reassure him about the prospect.

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2 Comments

  1. Posted May 11, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Translation:

    John Redwood – I hope the minister has plans so we all have electricity in the near future

    Chris Huhne – I’m a baboon and know nothing, blah blah blah, my staff reckon we will and they’re touching wood to make sure 😀

    Thats my take on it anyway

  2. Posted May 11, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    Waiting in the dark is unappealing. For those who need to use stairlifts the prospect of power cuts is frightening. Why has he not made any decisions and actually had something done?

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