Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary, commenting on the appointment of Michael Fallon as Energy Minister adding to his existing ministerial brief in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, said:
“It is worrying that at a time when the Energy Bill is still going through Parliament, crucial negotiations for nuclear power are ongoing and investors are losing confidence with this Government, David Cameron has chosen to appoint a part-time Energy Minister.
“In the next decade Britain needs to attract over £100 billion of investment to keep the lights on. But David Cameron appears to think that keeping tabs on his unruly Tory backbenchers is more important than the country’s energy policy. David Cameron now has four ministers without portfolio, paid for by the taxpayer, but only one part-time Energy Minister.”