» Thursday, June 26, 2008

Renewable Energy

Asked how the Government planned to meet the targets set out in the Prime Minister’s speech on a low carbon economy, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled press that BERR were better placed to answer the detailed questions but as the Prime Minister and John Hutton had been saying, of course this was a challenging and ambitious agenda, but it was the right thing to do. We had to take action now in order to reduce our dependency on oil.

Put that John Hutton had said in the Times this morning that Britain could look forward to a number of years of increases in home energy bills and was the Prime Minister concerned about this prospect, the PMS replied that consumers were facing rising energy bills at the moment, because the price of oil had gone up by so much. What we did need to do was to reduce dependency on oil and diversify our energy sources. We needed to do this for a number of reasons; we needed to have more secure energy sources in the long-run; we needed to take action to deal with the costs of climate change and as the Stern Review showed, the earlier we took action to deal with these measures, the lower the costs would be.

Asked if there was going to be any further compensation for those who could not afford the price rises, the PMS said that the Government understood the difficulties that people faced at the moment in relation to rising energy bills. We increased the winter fuel allowance in the Budget, we had also been working with energy companies to see what the Government could do in conjunction with them to help vulnerable customers in particular. This was an area where we would continue to see what more we could do.

Asked if the Prime Minister would support a cut in gas prices, the PMS said the Prime Minister would need to take considered advice from the Treasury and BERR before reaching a decision on that. Asked if the £100billion figure in the Prime Minister’s speech included the private and public sector, the PMS said that it did.

original source.

Briefing took place at 11:00 | Search for related news

No Comments »

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Post a public comment

(You must give an email address, but it will not be displayed to the public.)
(You may give your website, and it will be displayed to the public.)


This is not a way of contacting the Prime Minister. If you would like to contact the Prime Minister, go to the 10 Downing Street official site.

Privacy note: Shortly after posting, your name and comment will be displayed on the site. This means that people searching for your name on the Internet will be able to find and read your comment.

Downing Street Says...

The unofficial site which lets you comment on the UK Prime Minister's official briefings. About us...


June 2008
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
« May   Jul »

Supported by


Disruptive Proactivity

Recent Briefings



Syndicate (RSS/XML)



Contact Sam Smith.

This site is powered by WordPress. Theme by Jag Singh