Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform Committee

10 January 2008 (pn14)


Today the Government announced a decision in favour of nuclear new build and published its Energy Bill. In response, the Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Committee will hold an oral hearing with the Minister of State for Energy on 31 January. The session will have two aims:

1.  to examine the recent price increases in the energy sector; and

2.  to look at whether there will be adequate new generating capacity in the short to medium term. The Committee will be considering the potential contribution that can be made by nuclear new build, renewables and clean coal.

The Committee will also be asking energy companies to submit in writing details of any price increases they plan to implement in the near future. The Chairman of the Committee, Peter Luff said “in the light of the Minister's answers to our questions, the contents and planned scrutiny of the Energy Bill and developments in the markets, the Committee will consider how best to take forward these issues, which are rightly of such public interest and concern.”

Date/Time:   Thursday 31 January at 13:30 pm

Witness:   Malcolm Wicks MP, Minister of State for Energy

   Location:  Grimond Room, Portcullis House

The session will be open to the public on a first come, first served basis. There is no system for the prior reservation of seats in Committee Rooms. It is advisable to allow about 20 minutes to pass through security checks. Committee rooms and the timing of meetings are subject to change. Those interested in attending the session should check the venue by contacting the House of Commons Public Information Office on 020 7219 4272 on the day before the hearing.