Officials met peer over smart-metering laws

One of the Labour peers facing claims of being prepared to accept payments to influence legislation met officials to discuss new laws on smart-metering.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) confirmed that its officials met Lord Truscott - who was working as a consultant for a firm manufacturing smart meters - last summer to discuss the Energy Bill.

Lord Truscott was recorded by undercover Sunday Times reporters claiming that he had helped to secure an amendment to the legislation requiring smart meters to be installed in all UK homes.

A DECC spokesman confirmed a report in the Daily Telegraph that the peer also met informally with the then energy minister Malcolm Wicks earlier in the year, although the spokesman said that they did not discuss smart-metering.

"During the passage of the Energy Bill, officials met with a range of peers and other interested stakeholders to explain the government's position. This is standard practice, and included one meeting with Lord Truscott," the spokesman said.

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