Dáil Éireann - Volume 627 - 14 November, 2006
Written Answers. - Energy Costs.
Mr. Quinn Mr. Quinn
Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the actions he is taking to protect consumers following the price increases in electricity and gas in recent months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37544/06]
Mr. Martin Mr. Martin
 Mr. Martin: Under the Electricity Regulation Act 1999 (as amended) the Commission for Energy Regulation is the responsible authority for regulating energy prices including the price of electricity and gas. I do not have any function in this area.
I would advise the Deputy, however, that it is intended that the forthcoming Bill establishing the new National Consumer Agency (NCA) will include a specific provision enabling the Agency to enter into co-operation agreements with the various regulatory bodies, including the Commission for Energy Regulation. The Bill will also require regulatory bodies, who are parties to such co-operation agreements, to consult the NCA in relation to any matter involving the determination of issues of consumer protection. I am satisfied that these provisions will help to provide a strong consumer voice in the regulated sector thereby ensuring full consideration of consumer issues in the regulatory process as recommended by the Consumer Strategy Group.
Dáil Éireann 627 Written Answers. Energy Costs.