28 November 2023
Dunne seeks assurance on Autumn Statement’s impact on UK’s Energy Security and Net Zero agenda

Ahead of COP28 next week, Philip Dunne asked Energy Minister Graham Stuart to confirm what measures in the Autumn Statement will advance UK progress towards meeting energy security and net zero Britain.

Philip Dunne (Ludlow) (Con)

My right hon. Friend mentioned that he will go to COP28 next week. Could he remind Members of the House, particularly those on the Opposition Benches, of the measures taken in last week’s autumn statement to help to promote the green energy agenda in this country?

The Minister for Energy Security and Net Zero (Graham Stuart)

My hon. Friend is quite right. We must never forget the parlous state of this country in 2010. Less than 7% of our electricity came from renewables—that was the legacy of the right hon. Member for Doncaster North (Edward Miliband). In the first quarter of this year, that was nearly 48%. Opposition Members raised the issue of people being cold and unable to pay their bills, but just 14% of homes were insulated properly; now, it is 50%. In last week’s autumn statement we heard announcements about the grid and—

Mr Speaker 

Order. The Minister talks about emissions, and we are getting a lot of them from him today.