On Tuesday 13 March, I asked the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy how the government would support increasing the number of electric vehicle charging points in Bristol.
I met recently with the cabinet members for Transport (Mhairi Threlfall) and Energy (Councillor Kye Dudd) at Bristol City Council and we discussed the importance of upgrading Bristol's charging infrastructure. An important part of combating climate change, and improving Bristol's air quality, is reducing the number of vehicles on our roads and ensuring those vehicles that remain are using the cleanest possible fuels.
The Secretary of State referred to funding available for inner-city local authorities to introduce more charging points. But it was disappointing not to hear anything about government investment in this technology from the Chancellor in the Spring Statement later in the day.
What comfort can the Secretary of State give the people of Bristol, who wish to see the number of electric charging points massively increased?
Greg Clark (Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
I am delighted that there is such enthusiasm in Bristol. The hon. Lady will be aware that the funding for charging infrastructure is available especially for city-centre authorities that can put it into public car parks.
You can watch the exchange here: