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Competition In The Downstream Gas Industry

EDM number 677 in 1996-97, proposed by Tony Blair on 17/03/1997.

That this House notes the Government's proposal to allow the gas Industry Regulator to bring forward the extension of competition to all residential consumers, and notes that the Official Opposition have prayed against the Statutory Instrument in order that there be a full debate on how best to introduce competition on the earliest practicable timetable; notes that the Labour Party welcomes the introduction of a choice in energy supplier; believes that it is important that competition is introduced smoothly so that it benefits all customers and so that they have confidence in the system; believes that the Government has not properly consulted upon or learnt from the experiences of the competition pilot in the South West in terms of consumer protection or settlement systems; believes that the Government should work with regulators, industry and consumers to introduce a code of practice to ensure that consumers are protected from unfair trading practice and that they can have the confidence to switch to new suppliers; notes that the Labour Party questions the decision to press ahead with greater urgency without consultation and if elected to form a government, will consider the Government's recent proposal on changing the timetable for introducing competition in partnership with industry, the regulators and consumer; condemns the Government for bringing forward procedures without proper consultation or addressing the problems of the pilot project; and calls on the Government to table a report for discussion in the House on the pilot project before proceeding.

This motion has been signed by a total of 27 MPs.

Tony Blair17/03/1997SedgefieldProposed
Nigel Griffiths17/03/1997Edinburgh SouthSigned
John Prescott17/03/1997Kingston upon Hull EastSigned
Donald Dewar17/03/1997Glasgow GarscaddenSigned
John Battle17/03/1997Leeds WestSigned
Margaret Beckett17/03/1997Derby SouthSigned
Norman Godman18/03/1997Greenock and Port GlasgowSigned
Dennis Turner18/03/1997Wolverhampton South EastSigned
Harry Barnes18/03/1997North East DerbyshireSigned
Lawrence Cunliffe18/03/1997LeighSigned
Michael Connarty18/03/1997Falkirk EastSigned
David Clelland18/03/1997Tyne BridgeSigned
William McKelvey18/03/1997Kilmarnock & LoudounSigned
John McAllion18/03/1997Dundee EastSigned
John Heppell18/03/1997Nottingham EastSigned
Ernie Ross18/03/1997Dundee WestSigned
Peter Pike19/03/1997BurnleySigned
Peter Hardy19/03/1997WentworthSigned
Alan Meale19/03/1997MansfieldSigned
Keith Bradley19/03/1997Manchester, WithingtonSigned
Eric Clarke19/03/1997MidlothianSigned
Ian Davidson19/03/1997Glasgow, GovanSigned
John Evans19/03/1997St Helens NorthSigned
Mike Gapes19/03/1997Ilford SouthSigned
Win Griffiths20/03/1997BridgendSigned
Mike Hall20/03/1997Warrington SouthSigned
Don Touhig20/03/1997IslwynSigned

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