Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Oral Parliamentary Question (OPQ)
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    Lilley, Peter
    Topical Questions
    Is the Secretary of State aware of the consensus between me and George Monbiot? Mr. Monbiot says that the Government’s introduction of feed-in tariffs will “shift £8.6bn from the poor to the middle classes. It expects a loss on this scheme of £8.2bn, or 95%.” How does the Secretary of State justify that loss and waste?
    Department of Energy and Climate Change
    Miliband, Edward

    I do not consider it to be waste. [Laughter.] I am not sure why that is so funny. There is a cost to making the transition to low carbon. Part of the way in which we need to make it is by individuals having solar panels and wind turbines on their roofs. That is a way of engaging people and local communities. The right hon. Gentleman’s remarks would be better directed at his party’s Front Benchers, who want to make the feed-in tariffs even more generous.
    House of Commons (HoC)
    Commons Chamber
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