The business secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, has avoided scrutiny by MPs on the UK phase out of fossil fuels.
The minister failed to attend the Environmental Audit Committee this afternoon, giving no reason or apology.
He is the third cabinet member to pull out of an attendance at a parliamentary committee this month.
Mr Kwarteng wrote to the committee chair, Philip Dunne, this morning to say he could no longer appear at the meeting.
He offered to rearrange his appearance for the autumn – though he may not be in post when the new prime minister is appointed.
Mr Dunne tweeted that Mr Kwarteng had agreed to appear before the committee on 13 June 2022, adding:
“This is not the way for senior Ministers to treat scrutiny”.
In Britain's biggest energy price crisis since the 1970s, @beisgovuk SoS @KwasiKwarteng writes to pull out of today's important evidence session, having agreed to it on *13 June*.— Environmental Audit Committee (@CommonsEAC) July 20, 2022
He gives no explanation nor apology. This is not the way for senior Ministers to treat scrutiny. pic.twitter.com/I3ZPu2Fb5k
DrillOrDrop asked Mr Kwarteng’s department why the secretary of state had failed to attend. A spokesperson for BEIS said:
“Ministerial diaries are always subject to change and unforeseen urgent issues. We have asked the committee to find an alternative time at its earliest convenience once the House returns.
“Since becoming a BEIS minister, the Secretary of State has appeared before parliamentary committees on 16 occasions, including twice before the Environmental Audit Committee.”
Earlier this month, the home secretary, Priti Patel, and the justice secretary, Dominic Raab, pulled out of committee hearings.