§ 49. Mr. Riddick
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what steps have been taken by British Gas to ensure that the number of disconnections for debt are kept to a minimum.
§ Mr. Peter Morrison
The number of British Gas customers disconnected for debt is now lower than at any time since records were first kept in 1977. This reflects the agreement which British Gas reached earlier this year with the Director General of Gas Supply on new methods of debt collection with a view to reducing the number of disconnections. I am sure that Ofgas and the Gas Consumers Council will continue to work with British Gas to ensure that this excellent result continues.