October 5, 2017 / 7:38 AM / a year ago

Strong consensus in parliament to act on energy price caps - Clark

LONDON (Reuters) - There is a strong consensus within the British parliament that the energy market needs to be restructured and MPs will act to give the regulator the necessary power to impose price caps if needed, business secretary Greg Clark said.

Britain's Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Greg Clark speaks at the Conservative Party's conference in Manchester, Britain October 2, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Prime Minister Theresa May stunned the energy market on Wednesday when she announced a plan to impose price caps on standard variable tariffs, the basic rates that energy suppliers charge if a customer does not opt for a specific plan. Around 70 percent of households are on SVTs.

“If they (the regulator) need legal back-up there is a strong consensus in parliament for this, so we will publish legislation and we’ll invite the whole house to endorse this so that they have the legal certainty,” Clark told BBC Radio 4 on Thursday.

Reporting by Kate Holton; editing by Estelle Shirbon

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