Liquid gas supplies to the UK will not be affected by the Qatar crisis, the minister for energy and industry has said.
Richard Harrington was asked about the steps being taken to ensure the diplomatic situation in the Gulf state did not disrupt energy supplies to the UK, during business questions in the Commons.
Former Welsh secretary Stephen Crabb said Qatar had become “increasingly important for the UK over the last decade, not least through imports of liquefied natural gas through my constituency”.
He asked: “What steps is the minister taking to ensure that the current diplomatic crisis in the Gulf affecting Qatar does not lead to any disruption of energy supply to the UK?”
Mr Harrington said the situation was being monitored “very carefully” by the Government, and added: “We do not believe it will make any difference whatsoever to liquid gas supplies.”
Qatar is under a de facto blockade after four Arab countries cut ties with the state earlier this month over allegations that it funds terrorism.
The country denies supporting or funding extremism, although accepts that it allows members of some extremist groups to live in Qatar.