HC Deb 06 May 2004 vol 420 c1728W
Jonathan Shaw

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions she has had with the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets on expanding the moratoria on disconnections for vulnerable groups beyond the winter months. [171307]

Nigel Griffiths

The Department has discussed, and will continue to discuss as appropriate, disconnections issues with Ofgem. With DTIs encouragement, Ofgem has been in discussion with gas and electricity suppliers about the arrangements governing disconnections, particularly for vulnerable customers. Last month, Ofgem issued an industry consultation paper that set out proposed revisions to, and clarification of, those arrangements. This should ensure that vulnerable customers are not, in the future, disconnected.