It includes measures to ensure consumers continue to get the most out of their smart meters – every home and small business should be offered the technology by the end of 2020.

The Bill will enable the government to continue to regulate the rollout of smart meters and act on the results of any findings that could improve the experience for consumers and small businesses.

It will also ensure consumers are protected in the unlikely event that the company running the national smart meters communications infrastructure – the Smart Data and Communications Company – were to become insolvent.

Energy Minister Richard Harrington said: “The rollout of smart meters continues at pace, with almost 7.7 million already operating in Great Britain and nearly 350,000 being installed every month, bringing an end to estimated bills and helping people to save energy and money.

“The Bill published today will ensure consumers continue to get the most from their smart meters once installed, during and beyond the rollout.”