Welsh Affairs Committee


The Committee’s Report, Energy in Wales was published on Thursday 20 July 2006 (Third Report, 2005-06, HC 876-I & II).

The Government Response to the report was published at 11.00 am on Tuesday 24 October 2006 as the Committee's Fifth Special Report (HC 1656): Government Response to the Committee's Third Report of Session 2005-06, Energy in Wales (HC 876-I & II)

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Terms of Reference

To inquire into:

1. UK Government policy in relation to:

a. the current and future energy needs of Wales; and

b. the current and future provision of energy in Wales.

2.  The relationship between the UK Government and the National Assembly for Wales - including the division of powers - on energy policy

3. The current and future portfolio of energy provision in Wales including:

a. nuclear energy

b. liquefied natural gas

c. clean coal technology

d. wind farms

e. bio mass energy

f. geo-thermal energy

g. tidal and wave energy

h. hydro electric energy.

Visit to USA

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Press Notices:

13/07/2006        Press Conference and Publication of Report
10/05/2006        Further Oral Evidence Session Announced
26/04/2006        Further Oral Evidence Session Announced
17/03/2006        Further Oral Evidence Session Announced
03/03/2006        Further Oral Evidence Sessions Announced
01/03/2006        Committee visit to the USA
15/02/2006        Oral Evidence Session Announced
07/02/2006        CANCELLATION OF VISIT
02/02/2006        Visit to North Wales
25/10/2005        Terms of Reference
11/10/2005        New Inquiry Announced


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Tuesday 13 June 2006, House of Common (uncorrected) HC876-ix
Malcom Wicks MP, Minister of State for Energy and DTI Officials

Wednesday 17 May 2006, House of Commons (uncorrected) HC876-viii
Representatives of Dragon LNG; and Representatives of Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

Monday 8 May 2006, Committee Room 3, National Assembly for Wales (uncorrected) HC876-vii
All Wales Energy Group; and Andrew Davies AM, Minister for Enterprise, Innovation and Networks

Tuesday 28 March 2006, House of Commons (uncorrected) HC876-vi
Representatives of Tidal Electric; Marine Current Turbines Ltd;  Swanturbines Ltd and Dr Ian Masters, Welsh Energy Research Centre, University of Wales, Swansea,

Tuesday 21 March 2006, House of Commons (uncorrected) HC876-v
Representatives of the National Union of Miners (NUM) and Tower Colliery Ltd;
Representatives of People Against Wylfa B (PAWB) and the Welsh Anti Nuclear Alliance

Tuesday 14 March 2006, House of Commons (uncorrected) HC876-iv
Representatives of Express Power Ltd; Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research (IGER); and  representatives of:
• Friends of the Earth Cymru
• Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales (CPRW)
• Ramblers' Association Wales

Tuesday 28 February 2006, House of Commons (uncorrected) HC876-iii
Representatives of RWE npower and Falck Renewables; and Representatives of British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL)

Tuesday 7 February at the House of Commons (uncorrected) HC876-ii
Representatives of Wales Energy Research Centre; and Representatives of Dulas Ltd.

Tuesday 31 January at the House of Commons (uncorrected) HC876-i
Department of Trade and Industry officials


The meetings 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:


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 welshcom@parliament.uk.