Wed, 7 December 2022

Newsletter sign-up

Subscribe now
The House Live All
Sizing up the opportunity: How Great British Nuclear can enable the critical infrastructure we need Partner content
Transforming Chemical Production for a Net Zero Future Partner content
By BASF
PM Sunak can deliver long-term energy stability, security and savings – here’s how Partner content
Environment
We should be proud of our net zero commitments, but need to move forward into delivery Partner content
By SGN
Environment
Achieving net zero means delivering a successful shift to electric vehicles, but what power innovations are needed? Partner content
By Energy Networks Association
Environment
Press releases
By LV=

Government's Energy Strategy Faces Further Delays, Downing Street Confirms

Government's Energy Strategy Faces Further Delays, Downing Street Confirms
2 min read

A new paper outlining the government’s strategy for energy security in Britain has been delayed, Downing Street has confirmed.

A spokesperson for Number 10 on Monday said the highly anticipated report will be published “as soon as possible, and that it is “not unusual” for government “to take the right amount of time” to finalise policies. 

This is the second time the strategy's publication has been delayed. Nearly three weeks ago, on 9th March, Boris Johnson said the paper would be published in the "next few days". Downing Street last week indicated that it would be published this week.

The Prime Minister has promised a “massive jump forward” on renewables and nuclear power in his new energy plans for the UK.

The government has vowed to produce more energy at home in light of Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine and its impact on global supplies.

The UK gets less than 4% of its gas from Russia, unlike EU countries which get much larger amounts. Germany, for example, gets around half of its gas from Russia. However, the impact of Putin's attack on global gas prices is having a direct effect on the UK households and putting great pressure on the government to act.

PoliticsHome understands there was confusion among ministers on Monday morning over when the strategy would be published after the Financial Times reported on Sunday that it had been pushed into April.

As soaring energy bills contribute to a wider cost of living crisis in the UK, MPs are anxious to receive clarity on how Johnson intends to shore up Britain's access to affordable gas. 

One government source said the delay was making them look “bad and indecisive” and that the Treasury’s concern about the cost of delivering the proposals, which is the primary reason for the delay, was out of step with the rest of government.

"If the Treasury is pushing back then there's only going to one loser here, because the PM and Kwasi [Kwarteng, Business Secretary] are right behind it,” they told PoliticsHome.

A Downing Street Spokesperson said: “We will set out our plans for publication as soon as possible”.

A government source indicated the strategy could be published on Thursday next week, despite Parliament being in recess, as the House of Lords will still be sitting that day.

The insider added it is highly unlikely to be published during purdah, the period leading up to the local elections during which there are restrictions on what government can announce, which begins on 14th April.

PoliticsHome Newsletters

PoliticsHome provides the most comprehensive coverage of UK politics anywhere on the web, offering high quality original reporting and analysis: Subscribe

Read the most recent article written by Adam Payne and Noa Hoffman - Senior Labour MPs Warn Joining Picket Lines Despite Ban Is A "Tory Trap"

Categories

Energy
Podcast
Engineering a Better World

The Engineering a Better World podcast series from The House magazine and the IET is back for series two! New host Jonn Elledge discusses with parliamentarians and industry experts how technology and engineering can provide policy solutions to our changing world.

NEW SERIES - Listen now