Select Committee on European Union Fortieth Report


ENERGY: EUROPEAN STRATEGY (7070/06)

Letter from the Chairman to Malcolm Wicks MP, Minister for Energy, Department of Trade and Industry

  Sub-Committee B considered this document and your Explanatory Memorandum at its meeting on 3 May 2006.

  As the Sub-Committee have just commenced an inquiry into the Green Paper, we will maintain scrutiny on this proposal at this stage, and look forward to hearing your views in an oral evidence session on 5 June 2006.

4 May 2006

Letter from Malcolm Wicks MP to the Chairman

  Following my appearance before your committee on 5 June 2006, I have pleasure in attaching copies of the UK's interim response to the European Commission on its Energy Green Paper (not printed) ("A European Strategy for Sustainable, Competitive and Secure Energy"). The response comprises a covering letter, a 6-page summary and a 30-page response. As noted in the covering letter to DG TREN of 23 June, the UK will provide a supplemental response in September after the Energy Review has reported, but before the end of the Commission's consultation process.

  Copies of the UK's interim response have already been sent to Jimmy Hood MP and to the individual members of the House Commons European Scrutiny Committee following my participation in the European Standing Committee C debate of 27 June.

4 July 2006

Letter from the Chairman to Malcolm Wicks MP

  Thank you for your letter of 4 July, which Sub-Committee B considered at its meeting on 10 July.

  We are grateful to you for providing us with a copy of the UK Government's response to the Commission's Green Paper: "A European Strategy for Sustainable, Competitive and Secure Energy", which we will read with interest.

  As you will be aware, the Committee has just completed an inquiry into the Green Paper, and will publish our report[26] before the Summer Recess.

12 July 2006




26   The Commission's Green Paper "A European Strategy for Sustainable, Competitive and Secure Energy", 41st Report, Session 2005-06, HL Paper 224. Back


 
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