Parliament Talks Energy

'Parliament Talks Energy’ was a series of free events and promotional activities highlighting Parliament's role in debating and challenging Government policy on energy

Each of the events in Aberdeenshire, Southampton and Suffolk was part of the inquiry by the House of Commons Select Committee on Energy and Climate Change into consumer engagement and asked for the public’s views on their understanding of the energy industry.

The events brought together members of the public and parliamentarians to discuss how Parliament contributes to the debate on energy issues and scrutinises Government policy, particularly when it comes to consumer engagement with energy companies.

'Parliament Talks Energy' discussion groups

Each event included an introduction and talk from the local MP (who are all members of the Committee) followed by discussion groups on how energy companies engage with their customers and how much consumers know about their energy bills.

Notes were taken during the discussion groups and were submitted to the Committee's inquiry by Parliament's Outreach Service.

The Committee published its final report on 20 December 2012 which was also debated in the House of Commons on that day.

Where and when

'Parliament Talks Energy' took place on:

  • 14 May at the Freemantle Community Centre, Southampton, chaired by Dr Alan Whitehead MP
  • 18 May at East Bergholt High School, Suffolk, chaired by Tim Yeo MP
  • 24 May at Banchory West Parish Church of Scotland, Aberdeenshire, chaired by Sir Robert Smith MP.

Further information

To find out more about 'Parliament Talks Energy':

Telephone: 020 7219 1650

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Related information

Energy and Climate Change Committee

The Committee is appointed by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department of Energy and Climate Change and its associated public bodies.

In February 2012 the Committee launched an inquiry to investigate the way in which consumers engage with energy markets.

Topical information

Read some of the current parliamentary research material available on energy issues, including select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Information Pack

An information pack created as part of the 'Parliament Talks...Energy' events in May 2012 is now available in electronic format.

The pack contains details of the relevant bodies within Parliament, examples of recent scrutiny and details of how the public can get involved with the work of Parliament on energy policy.

To request a copy please e-mail

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