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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 15th October 2018

Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of a ban on the use of house coal on heating bills for households not on the gas grid; and if he will make a statement.

Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Defra is assessing the impact on households of a ban on the sale of house coal. We are seeking further information through our consultation which closes on 12 October; this includes views on how Government should support those in fuel poverty with this transition from the most polluting fuels. The cost per household will vary considerably depending upon a range of factors, including what fuel they switch to and whether they are burning on a modern stove or an open fire.