Sub-Comm B PN230402

IMMEDIATE

23 APRIL 2002

DIVERSITY IS VITAL TO SECURE EUROPE'S ENERGY SUPPLIES FROM THREATS INCLUDING TERRORIST ATTACK

In the House of Lords today Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe is due to introduce a debate on the report Energy Supply: how secure are we?

The report, published in February 2002 by the House of Lords Sub-Committee on Energy, Industry and Transport examines the European Commission's recent Green Paper on the security of energy supply.

The Chairman of the Committee, Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe said:

"The events of September 11 remind us of the vulnerability of key parts of our energy infrastructure and our growing dependence on unstable regions of the world. We must avoid a vain search for European self-sufficiency and concentrate on managing risk through applying the principles of diversity, flexibility and back-up in our energy industries."

The Committee concluded that the only safe way forward is for the Commission to push for fully-liberalised energy markets; this would be in the interests of both UK and EU consumers. The report comes out strongly in support of the nuclear and coal industries.

The following members are expected to speak in the debate: Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe, Lord Beaumont of Whitley, Baroness Cohen of Pimlico, Lord Cooke of Islandreagh, Lord Ezra, Lord Wilson of Tillyorn, Lord Shutt of Greetland, Baroness Miller of Hendon and Lord Sainsbury of Turville.

NOTES FOR EDITORS:

1. The Green Paper presented by the Commission was Towards a European strategy for the security of energy supply 5619/01 COM(2000) 769 final.

2. The inquiry did not cover all aspects of the Green Paper such as transport, environmental issues, or demand side policies.

3. A webcast of the debate can be seen on www.parliamentlive.tv

4. The report is published by the Stationery Office: Energy Supply: how secure are we?, HL Paper 82, ISBN 0-10-406902-3. It is available via www.parliament.uk

For further information including membership of the all-party Committee contact:

Patrick Wogan (Clerk to the Sub-Committee) on 020 7219 5864 or [email protected]

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