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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-15021: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 2 March 2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has any concerns regarding the security of gas supply and, if so, whether it has raised these with the UK Government.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 20 March 2018

Security of gas supply is a reserved matter and one in which the Scottish Government has no formal functions. The UK gas system is subject to regular assessments of security of supply through National Grid’s twice-yearly ‘Outlook’ publications, the biennial European gas risk assessment and other ad-hoc assessments.

The following link to a report published in October 2017 by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy provides a strategic assessment of Great Britain’s gas security of supply.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/651297/gas-security-supply-assessment.pdf

The Scottish Government works closely with National Grid – as well as with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Ofgem and Scotland’s gas distribution network operator – to ensure that the supplies of gas to Scottish consumers remain resilient, and that Scottish circumstances and priorities are taken fully into account.