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Energy: Prices

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 44501, tabled on 2 September 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the effect of Ofgem's plans to introduce a Partial View in the Confidence Code Review 2016 on the proportion of the cheapest energy tariffs that will potentially be hidden from consumers using accredited price comparison websites.

Answered on

9 September 2016

It is vital that customers trust price comparison websites, as they offer real opportunities for improving competition and I expect price comparison websites to be clear to consumers when they are not providing a whole market tariff comparison.

Ofgem are currently consulting on proposals to allow price comparison websites to only show those tariffs that consumers can switch to through the price comparison website as a default, but they must also provide quick and easy access to a webpage showing all tariffs available on the market. The consultation closes on 28 September and is available online at

https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/system/files/docs/2016/08/whole_of_market_consultation.pdf

Answered by

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy