Lord Marland, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, had a moment of honesty this afternoon in Lords’ Question Time.

He had been asked by Lord Tony Berkeley about the financial impact on consumers of the changes proposed to the United Kingdom’s private electricity networks and survived six supplementaries, when he was finally floored by Lord Dale Campbell-Savours

Here is the exchange:

“Lord Campbell-Savours: My Lords, will the Minister ask his officials to reopen the file on rising block tariffs and the benefits that that would bring to consumers?

Lord Marland: I do enjoy these questions, my Lords. I have never been the smartest tool in the box—

Noble Lords: No!

Lord Marland: Thank you. I appreciate the response from the Opposition Benches—I fished for that compliment beautifully. The answer is no. [Laughter.]”

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