INTERNAL ENERGY MARKET (11381/02)
Letter from the Chairman to Lord Whitty,
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment,
Food and Rural Affairs
Thank you for your Explanatory Memorandum dated
11 September which Sub-Committee B considered at its meeting on
We are grateful for the clear and comprehensive
scope of your Explanatory Memorandum in identifying the number
of areas where the draft Directive could impinge on the existing
UK national programme. We fully support the Government's policy
in promoting combined heat and power generation, and therefore
agree that the objective of the draft Directive is welcome. However,
we share the Government's concerns about a number of specific
issues, not least the three-fold threat to the existing production
and development of high efficiency CHP in the UK as highlighted
in para 19 of your EM.
We therefore intend to maintain the Scrutiny
reserve on this document until the results of the Department's
consultation are available to the Committee and the Regulatory
Impact Assessment is submitted, and would be grateful if your
Department could keep us informed of progress in negotiation.
21 October 2002
Letter from the Chairman to The Lord Whitty
Thank you for your Supplementary Explanatory
Memorandum dated October 2002 under which you forwarded a partial
regulatory impact assessment. Sub-Committee B considered this
document at its meeting on 28 October.
The partial regulatory impact assessment makes
interesting reading, and confirms our view that this proposal
could have damaging consequences for the UK's national programme.
We hope very much that your Department will be able to negotiate
change to the Directive to preserve the benefits that the national
programme gives to the combined heat and power (CHP) industry.
We note that you have recently launched an extensive
consultation exercise, and that when this closes on 21 December
your Department will submit a comprehensive regulatory impact
We look forward to receiving this document.
In the meantime, the Scrutiny reserve is maintained.