Opposition debate on energy prices

12 January 2012

Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Caroline Flint, moved an Opposition debate in the House of Commons on the subject of energy prices and the cost of living.

Energy prices

The motion moved by the Opposition stated that "soaring energy bills are driving up inflation, contributing to a cost of living crisis afflicting millions of families, and that the energy market is not serving the public interest".

The motion was defeated after a vote (Ayes 248; Noes 323). Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne, responded in 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. Also find parliamentary material on Energy in the Topics and News 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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