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03rd March 2006

CONSUMER COUNCIL WELCOMES COMPETITION COMMISSION MOVE ON LPG

<p>The Consumer Council today welcomed the Competition Commission’s (CC) proposal that the Consumer Council should play a key role in helping to get a better deal for Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) customers .</p>

The CC investigated the LPG market in the UK and found that there were features of the market that prevent, restrict or distort competition.  The CC has announced that it is to consult on possible solutions to improve the market.  It recommends that the Consumer Council should help to raise awareness about shopping around and switching suppliers, as it will do with future mains gas and electricity competition.

Wesley Henderson, Director of Energy and Corporate Services at the Consumer Council said:  “The Consumer Council led the way with published research on the LPG market in 1993[1].  Thirteen years later we are struck by the similarity of the CC's findings for the UK as a whole.  We are delighted that the CC has recognised the key role that the Consumer Council plays in helping energy consumers in Northern Ireland.  We will respond to the consultation and look forward to further co-operation with the CC on behalf of LPG consumers.”

[1] LPG – liquefied petroleum gas – is used for household heating, cooking and heating of water.

[1] “What Choice? – Domestic Consumers and Bulk-Supplied LPG in Northern Ireland.  GCCNI. 1993

Notes to Editors:

  1. Full details of the Competition Commission announcement can be found on www.competition-commission.org.uk/inquiries/current/gas/index.htm
  2. Consumer Council media contact: Susie Brown, telephone, 028 9067 4807 or e-mail, [email protected]
  3. The Consumer Council is an independent consumer organisation, working to bring about change to benefit Northern Ireland's consumers. The Council campaigns for high standards of service and protection and a fair deal for all. It also carries out research, gives advice and publishes reports and other publications. It deals with individual complaints about electricity, natural gas, coal and passenger transport.
  4. For more information, visit our website at www.consumercouncil.org.uk


 

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