A Westcountry MP has warned of rural households being left "cold, damp and forgotten" as energy prices spiral.
David Heath, Liberal Democrat MP for Somerton and Frome, told ministers in the Commons that people living in the countryside often have "old houses with solid or rubble-built walls, and very often in areas of water incursion".
He said during Energy Questions: "We cannot benefit from dual fuel tariffs, and we often rely on liquefied petroleum gas or fuel oil, which is cripplingly expensive.
"May I just remind him that people in rural areas have no ambition to be cold, damp and forgotten?"
In response, energy minister Michael Fallon said rural dwellers have "certainly not been forgotten", and pointed to a new a code of conduct to clamp down on sharp practices of off-grid energy suppliers and possible new protections for heating oil users.