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Natural Gas: Housing

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 17th September 2018

Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many households in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland are not connected to the mains gas grid; and if he will make a statement.

Claire Perry The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)

The table below shows the latest estimates of households not connected to the gas network by country of the UK. Please note that there is no definitive source for the number of households not on the gas grid, so BEIS estimates these figures by subtracting the number of domestic gas meters from the estimated number of households.

Nation Number of households1 Estimated number of households not connected to the gas network1 %
England 23,229,000 3,024,000 13%
Scotland 2,452,000 495,000 20%
Wales 1,342,000 225,000 17%
Northern Ireland 730,0002 497,0003 68%
Total 27,753,000 4,241,000 15%

Source: (1) Subnational gas consumption 2016, BEIS, except for NI see footnote 3; (2) Table 401: Household projections, United Kingdom, 1961-2039, MHCLG 2016 estimate; (3) NI Utility Regulator Retail Market Monitoring Quarterly Transparency Report