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Understanding Gas Bills

EDM number 398 in 2006-07, proposed by Gordon Prentice on 05/12/2006.

That this House notes with dismay the complex calculations required by British Gas customers to enable them to understand and check their gas bills; further notes that customers are told by British Gas that they calculate gas charges by converting the customer's units to kilowatt hours (gas units used x metric conversion factor [2.83] x volume conversion factor [1.02226400] x calorific value [39.7589] divided by kilowatt hour conversion factor [3.6] = kilowatt hours used); notes that for metric meters they do not apply the imperial to metric conversion; further notes that customers are informed that energy is charged at 2 base rates, the first 12.526 kWh per day at 4.959 pence per kWh and the remaining kWh used at 2.801 pence per kWh; further notes that customers are told again that energy is charged at 2 base rates, but, this time, the first 12.526 kWh per day at 3.412 pence per kWh and the remaining kWh used at 2.492 pence per kWh; and believes that these calculations would defeat most people and calls upon British Gas to devise a more straightforward and simplified gas bill.

This motion has been signed by a total of 58 MPs.

Gordon Prentice05/12/2006PendleLabourProposed
Peter Bottomley05/12/2006Worthing WestConservativeSeconded
Andrew George05/12/2006St IvesLiberal DemocratSeconded
Lindsay Hoyle05/12/2006ChorleyLabourSeconded
Bob Russell05/12/2006ColchesterLiberal DemocratSeconded
Andrew Dismore06/12/2006HendonLabourSeconded
Derek Conway06/12/2006Old Bexley & SidcupConservativeSigned
Ann Winterton06/12/2006CongletonConservativeSigned
Robert Wareing06/12/2006Liverpool, West DerbyLabourSigned
Desmond Turner06/12/2006Brighton, KemptownLabourSigned
Mark Durkan06/12/2006FoyleSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned
Brian H Donohoe06/12/2006Central AyrshireLabourSigned
John Cummings06/12/2006EasingtonLabourSigned
Ann Cryer06/12/2006KeighleyLabourSigned
Martin Caton06/12/2006GowerLabourSigned
Ronnie Campbell06/12/2006Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
Gregory Campbell06/12/2006East LondonderryDUPSigned
Chris McCafferty06/12/2006Calder ValleyLabourSigned
Paul Holmes06/12/2006ChesterfieldLiberal DemocratSigned
John Smith06/12/2006Vale of GlamorganLabourSigned
Greg Pope06/12/2006HyndburnLabourSigned
Rudi Vis07/12/2006Finchley and Golders GreenLabourSigned
Madeleine Moon07/12/2006BridgendLabourSigned
Nicholas Winterton07/12/2006MacclesfieldConservativeSigned
Ian Gibson07/12/2006Norwich NorthLabourSigned
David Drew07/12/2006StroudLabourSigned
Colin Breed07/12/2006South East CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
Gordon Marsden07/12/2006Blackpool SouthLabourSigned
David Lepper07/12/2006Brighton, PavilionLabourSigned
Brian Jenkins07/12/2006TamworthLabourSigned
Kelvin Hopkins07/12/2006Luton NorthLabourSigned
Janet Dean07/12/2006BurtonLabourSigned
John McDonnell11/12/2006Hayes and HarlingtonLabourSigned
Bill Etherington11/12/2006Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Neil Gerrard11/12/2006WalthamstowLabourSigned
Betty Williams11/12/2006ConwyLabourSigned
Katy Clark11/12/2006North Ayrshire and ArranLabourSigned
Mark Hunter11/12/2006CheadleLiberal DemocratSigned
David Hamilton13/12/2006MidlothianLabourSigned
Dai Davies13/12/2006Blaenau GwentIndependentSigned
Jeff Ennis13/12/2006Barnsley East and MexboroughLabourSigned
David Crausby13/12/2006Bolton North EastLabourSigned
Alan Simpson13/12/2006Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Nigel Dodds13/12/2006Belfast NorthDUPSigned
Paul Keetch14/12/2006HerefordLiberal DemocratSigned
Sammy Wilson14/12/2006East AntrimDUPSigned
Annette Brooke18/12/2006Mid Dorset and North PooleLiberal DemocratSigned
Vincent Cable18/12/2006TwickenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Linda Riordan18/12/2006HalifaxLabourSigned
Julie Morgan19/12/2006Cardiff NorthLabourSigned
David Borrow19/12/2006South RibbleLabourSigned
Doug Naysmith19/12/2006Bristol North WestLabourSigned
David Heyes08/01/2007Ashton-under-LyneLabourSigned
Phil Willis08/01/2007Harrogate and KnaresboroughLiberal DemocratSigned
Jon Cruddas09/01/2007DagenhamLabourSigned
Andrew Pelling25/01/2007Croydon CentralConservativeSigned
Stephen Hepburn01/02/2007JarrowLabourSigned
Jo Swinson01/02/2007East DunbartonshireLiberal DemocratSigned

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