Welsh Affairs Committee Press Notice

Session 2006-07

15 January 2007


Press Notice No 3

Welsh Affairs Committee Inquiry

ENERGY IN WALES: A FOLLOW-UP INQUIRY

ORAL EVIDENCE SESSIONS: 16 AND 23 JANUARY AT 11.00 AM

The Welsh Affairs Committee has decided to follow-up the Committee’s recent Report, Energy in Wales, with some further evidence sessions.

Chairman of the Welsh Affairs Committee, Dr Hywel Francis, said: “We want to re-open this inquiry specifically to look at two increasingly important issues; the security of our energy supply and climate change. In particular, we want to look in more detail at the potential of the coal industry. 

“Welsh and British coal is increasingly being considered as an important energy source as we look for ways to secure our energy supply. Clean coal technology, which could reduce the greenhouse gases produced, also appears to be getting greater prominence in Government policy.

“The Committee wants to gather more evidence on the possible exploitation of both deep and open cast mining. It will also look in depth at the environmental implications of this. As a consequence, over the coming weeks we will be calling on a number of environmental groups to give evidence.”

TUESDAY 16 JANUARY 2007, COMMITTEE ROOM 8, HOUSE OF COMMONS

11.00:     Department of  Trade and Industry

Lord Truscott, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Energy

Brian Morris, Head of Carbon Abatement Technologies

Clare Harding, Assistant Director, Coal Industry, Energy Technologies Unit

Rachel Crisp, Assistant Director, Emerging Energy Technologies, Energy Technologies Unit

12.00:     Centre for Alternative Technology

Peter Harper, Head of Research

James Cass, Funding and Development Co-ordinator

TUESDAY 23 JANUARY 2007, HOUSE OF COMMONS

11.00:      Opencast Coal Committee of Wales

Nigel Hughes, Chairman

Clem Llewelyn, Secretary

Les Watkin, Treasurer

TGWU

Gareth Jones, Senior Regional Industrial Organiser

11.40:     Energybuild

Rhydian Davies, Director

Richard Nugent, Director

Miller Argent

James Poyner, Director, Miller Mining, and Director of Miller Argent

Unity Power Plc

Gerwyn Llewellyn Williams, Chairman

John Anthony, Co-Director

12.20:    Protecting and Conserving Together (PACT)

Gaynor Ball, Secretary, PACT

Suzanne De Celis, Issues Co-ordinator, PACT

The Woodland Trust

Rory Francis, Public Affairs and Press Officer

Graham Bradley, Casework Manager, Woods Under Threat Team

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The meeting will be open to the public and will take place in a Committee Room either in the Palace of Westminster or in Portcullis House. Those wishing to attend should confirm the venue by calling the House of Commons Committee Information Line on 020 7219 2033 on the day before the hearing. Information about the inquiry, together with other information about the Committee’s work, is available on the Committee’s Homepage at:

http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/welsh_affairs_committee.cfm

The Committee intends to publish the transcript of these meetings on its Homepage approximately two weeks after the meeting.  For further information about the work of the Committee, please contact Jane Trew, Assistant to the Committee, on 020 7219 3264 or e-mail [email protected]  


Membership of the Committee: Dr Hywel Francis MP (Chairman), Mr Stephen Crabb MP, David T. C. Davies MP, Nia Griffith MP, Mrs Siân C. James MP, Mr David Jones MP, Mr Martyn Jones MP, Albert Owen MP, Jessica Morden MP, Hywel Williams MP, Mark Williams MP