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Caroline Flint MP, Labour's Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary, commenting on the Energy and Climate Change select committee report on the draft Energy Bill, said:

"Britain's energy policy is in turmoil as divisions in Government are harming the UK's ability to secure investment for low carbon energy and jobs, fairer prices and more competition.  

“Labour has been warning for the last year that we need an Energy Bill to challenge the dominance of the Big Six, secure low carbon investment, fairer bills and support for energy efficiency. The draft bill does not meet this test.

"George Osborne's meddling in energy policy is more to do with courting his anti-clean energy backbenchers, than securing the jobs and growth low carbon investment offers, which Britain badly needs.

"In a month in which it was revealed that DECC had an underspend totalling hundreds of millions of pounds, the Government ducked a decision on support for renewable energy and the DECC Permanent Secretary resigned, the select committee report is just the latest indication that Government energy policy is in turmoil."

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