On the 28th August the British Plastics Federation issued a statement headed “BPF says appoint a Cabinet Minister to lead dynamic action” demanding the appointment of a Cabinet level Energy Minister.
Today in the Government reshuffle Ed Miliband MP has been appointed Secretary of State at the new energy and climate change department..
Peter Davis, Director General of the BPF, said, “Its really positive that the Government has adopted the BPF’s proposal to have a Cabinet level Minister to drive dynamic action to ensure the UK’s energy supply will meet demand in the future, and to scrutinise the sky high energy prices business is being charged.”
Davis went on to Question whether Climate Change, taken from DEFRA, will fit with Energy given that the former BERR Minister, John Hutton, said last month, “the country’s’ energy needs must take priority over climate change.”
The BPF’s Lobbying Successes
This is the third success for BPF lobbying. The BPF called for the Autumn Fuel Duty to be cancelled this has happened. The BPF called for a Stamp Duty holiday for first time housing buyers – the Government bought this in.
Peter Davis said, “We are glad they are listening to us, and adopting, our proposals – we have plenty of others.”
Now Climate Change and Energy Department
Peter Davis commented, “We have struggled with our relationship with DEFRA in recent times. Hopefully this situation will improve with the new Government Department.
For further information on this press release, please contact Philip Batten, British Plastics Federation, 6 Bath Place, Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3JE, tel 020 7457 5000, fax 020 7457 5045, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes for editors
1) British Plastics Federation (BPF) is the UK trade association for the plastics industry - representing the whole supply chain including polymer producers, distributors, additives suppliers, machinery manufacturers, processors & recyclers.