Opposition day debate on solar power feed-in tariffs

24 November 2011

Shadow Secretary of State for Climate Change, Caroline Flint, moved an Opposition day debate in the House of Commons on Wednesday 23 November on solar power feed-in tariffs

Solar Power (Feed-in tariffs)

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne, responded on behalf of the Government. Watch and read the views expressed by MPs during the debate on Parliament TV and in Commons Hansard.

Feed-in tariffs

The feed-in tariffs scheme came into effect in April 2010. It is intended to provide financial incentives for people and businesses to install small-scale electricity-generating technologies such as solar electricity panels and wind turbines.

In February 2011 the Government announced it was bringing forward the review of FITs that was due to be completed by 2013. As part of the review, the Government has set out new proposals to reform FITs for solar photovoltaic installations. Further information can be found on the Department for Energy and Climate Change website.

Further information

The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change made a statement in the House of Commons on Wednesday 23 November 2011 on the Government's Annual Energy Statement which makes reference to feed-in tariffs. The Opposition day debate on the Solar Power Feed-in Tariff also follows an urgent question in the House of Commons on 31 October 2011 on the Government's proposals to reform feed-in tariffs (FITs). Read the urgent question and find more information on renewable energy in the News and Topics sections.

Opposition day debates

Opposition days are days allocated in the House of Commons in each session for the discussion of subjects chosen by the Opposition. Seventeen days are at the disposal of the leader of the largest opposition party to decide which topics are debated. Three days are also allocated to the other smaller opposition parties.

The Opposition generally use them to raise questions of policy and administration. Frequently, two separate subjects are debated on an opposition day.

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