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This Debate Pack has been prepared ahead the debate on ‘Energy Prices’ to be held on Thursday 16 March 2017 in the House of Commons Chamber. The subject for the debate has been chosen by the Backbench Business Committee following a representation by Caroline Flint MP and John Penrose MP.

The Motion is as follows:

That this House deplores the big six energy firms’ treatment of out-of-contract energy customers on default tariffs; believes immediate action is needed to protect those consumers, and that pushing customers to start switching will not fix the problem sufficiently quickly or completely on its own; and calls on the industry, regulators and the Government to consider solutions which recognise that many people lead busy lives and that switching their energy supplier may not always be a high priority.

NB: On 16 March 2017, the Committee on Climate Change published its Energy Prices and Bills Report 2017 which is relevant to this debate. It has been added to the debate pack in the ‘Further reading’ section.

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