Newly appointed DECC Minister Amber Rudd has pledged to give businesses the certainty they need in the energy sector.
She was part of Prime Minister David Cameron’s reshuffle earlier this year, which saw Ms Rudd take over Greg Barker’s role when he resigned.
The MP for West Suffolk Matthew Hancock was also part of the reshuffle as he took over the role of Michael Fallon as Business and Energy Minister – just over a year after he was appointed.
When asked about the chaos in government following the constant reshuffles, Ms Rudd, the Parliamentary under Secretary of State said: “You couldn’t be more wrong.”
“There’s been a lot of continuity”, she added referring to Mr Barker’s role in Government.
Promising certainty for businesses in the sector, Ms Rudd told ELN: “I’m going to ensure they’re as well informed as they can be. This is a new sector, there’s a lot of new developments going on.
“I’m going to support businesses but I’ve got to look after the taxpayer as well so it’s always going to be a balance between those. But I’m going to ensure businesses get as much information as possible so they have as much certainty as we can deliver in this very new industry.”
Talking about the Scottish referendum, Ms Rudd said she would be “very worried” if Scotland were to become independent.
“At the moment I’m very much calling my friends in Scotland saying ‘We’re better together, stay with us, we’re much stronger together in energy as well as in every other field”, she added.