Luciana Berger MP.

Green Deal excludes merchants

Published:  16 June, 2011

LONDON: Luciana Berger, Labour MP and Co-operative Party member, has put down a series of amendments at the Committee Stage of the Energy Bill better known as ‘the Green Deal’.

Ms Berger is concerned that the legislation favours large companies at the expense of small business and social enterprises. She and other MPs say there is a danger that a few corporate players will dominate the market for Green Deal energy improvements.

"Concern has been expressed by several organisations, including the Builders’ Merchants Federation, that the Green Deal as it stands relies too heavily on big corporate names and favours vertically integrated businesses that will dominate the marketplace from the outset with a one-stop-shop approach," she said.

"Retailers and the energy companies dominating the marketplace could jeopardise the Green Deal's likelihood of success for two reasons: first, it would drive down competition and increase prices for customers; secondly, the suppliers that are least trusted by consumers would be the main drivers of the scheme."

Minister, Greg Barker, does not support the amendments but they could be included when the Bill returns to the full House of Commons for its Report and Third Reading stages said the BBC's Parliamentary correspondent, Mark D'Arcy.

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