MPs debate smart meters

24 April 2012

John Healey, Labour MP for Wentworth and Dearne moved an adjournment debate in the House of Commons on 23 April on the installation of smart meters.

Smart meters

Smart meters are replacing existing gas and electricity meters and send electronic meter readings to energy suppliers automatically.

Minister of State for Renewable Energy, Charles Hendry, responded to the debate on behalf of the Government. Watch and read the debate and the views expressed by MPs on Parliament TV and in Commons Hansard.

Adjournment debates

Adjournment debates provide MPs with an opportunity to debate local or national issues and to receive a response from a government Minister. There is a half-hour adjournment debate at the end of each day’s sitting. MPs apply for an adjournment debate to the Speakers Office where a ballot takes place every Thursday.

Adjournment debates allow backbench MPs to hold a general open-ended debate on a subject or a government policy without reaching a formal decision about it.  

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