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BEIS – UK DEPENDENCE ON RUSSIA [56713] - 10 October 2021

BEIS – UK DEPENDENCE ON RUSSIA [56713] - 10 October 2021

Dr Julian Lewis:  To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the level of (a) economic and ( b) political vulnerabilities caused to the UK by (i) direct and (ii) indirect dependence on supplies from (A) Russia and (B) continental European countries; and if he will publish a breakdown of the proportion of UK energy supplies sourced from overseas.  [56713]

[Due for Answer on 20 October. Answered on 22 October.]

HOLDING ANSWER: The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available. 


The Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth (Greg Hands):  Energy security is an absolute priority for this Government. We meet around half of our annual gas supply through domestic production and the vast majority of imports come from reliable suppliers such as Norway. Less than 3% of our gas was sourced from Russia in 2020.The UK is not dependent on Russian oil or gas.

The UK’s exposure to volatile global gas prices underscores the importance of our plan to build a robust domestic renewable energy sector to further reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. The Government has published a full breakdown of where UK energy comes from at: