Select Committee on European Union Forty-Ninth Report


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 14 October.

  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 assessment.

  We look forward to receiving this document. In the meantime, the Scrutiny reserve is maintained.

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