Trade & Industry Select Committee

Session 2002-3                                                          

 30 January 2003

PN 52


The Trade and Industry Committee will examine the Government's proposals for the introduction of the  British Electricity Transmission and Trading Arrangements (BETTA) the draft Bill for which was published today.

The Government intends that BETTA will introduce a unified set of trading rules and connection policies in order to create a single GB market for electricity, based on  the systems currently in use in England and Wales (the New Electricity Trading Arrangements, or NETA).  The Committee would like to assess the implications of this approach for consumers and for the industry, with particular reference to the effects of the introduction of:

  • trading, balancing and settlement arrangements for a single GB market;

  • arrangements for connection to and use of the GB transmission system, including pricing policies; and

  • changes in arrangements for the operation of the Scotland-England Interconnector.

Written evidence

The Committee invites written evidence which should be submitted by Monday 17 February.  If possible, evidence should take the form of a memorandum with numbered paragraphs and should be submitted, as a MS Word document, by e-mail to with a single hard copy sent to the Clerk at the address above.

Oral evidence

The Committee intends to take oral evidence during the course of this inquiry.  Details will be announced in a separate Press Notice as soon as possible.

For further information please contact the Committee Office on 020 7219 5777/5778/5779.