TISC PN23 0506

TRADE AND INDUSTRY COMMITTEE

COMMITTEE OFFICE     HOUSE OF COMMONS    7 MILLBANK     LONDON SW1P 3JA

Telephone: 020 7219 5777/5779

PN 23 of Session 2005-06

PRESS NOTICE

The Government’s Energy Review

On 29 November 2005 the Government launched a wide-ranging review of the UK’s medium to long-term energy needs and how these should be met.

The Trade and Industry Committee is today launching the first of several inquiries into significant aspects of energy policy, arising from the terms of the Government’s review. To start this process, it will be taking oral evidence from the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry at 4.30 pm on Monday 6 February in the Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House on issues arising from the Government’s consultation paper, Our Energy Challenge, which was published on 23 January.

The questions on which the Committee intends to concentrate initially are:

  •  the “particular considerations that should apply to nuclear” new build (Question 3 of the review);

  • “the implications of increasing dependence on gas imports” (Question 2 of the review); and

  • the capacity of microgeneration to meet a substantial proportion of UK electricity demand in the medium and long-term.

The Committee will produce an interim Report on these issues in the summer. In the meantime, the Committee will keep a watching brief on other aspects of the energy review, and would welcome copies of any formal written evidence submitted to the Government’s review.

The Committee invites written submissions to this inquiry to be sent to the Clerk at the address above by 5.00 pm on Friday 17 March 2006. 

For further information please call the Committee Office on 020 7219 5777/5779.

1 February 2006

ENDS