MPs debated a motion on energy price freeze in the House of Commons on Wednesday 2 April 2014. The subject of the debate was chosen by the Opposition.
Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Caroline Flint, opened the debate. The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Mr Edward Davey, responded on behalf of the Government.
The Opposition motion was negatived on division (Ayes 248 votes, Noes 275 votes, Division 244).
Debate on energy price freeze
MPs debated the following motion tabled by the Opposition:
"That this House welcomes the decision to refer the energy market to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) for investigation; believes that this confirms that the energy market is broken; notes that this investigation could take up to 18 months and will not report until late 2015; further notes the decision by Scottish and Southern Energy to freeze electricity and gas prices until 2016; further believes that all households and businesses should be protected from any more unfair price rises while the CMA investigation is ongoing; and calls on the Government to freeze electricity and gas prices whilst the energy market is reformed to improve transparency, competition and accountability."
The amendment to the Opposition motion was not selected for debate.
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