Select Committee on European Communities Eleventh Report


A. GENERAL POLICY QUESTIONS

10. DRAFT DECISION ON A MULTI-ANNUAL PROGRAMME FOR THE PROMOTION OF RENEWABLE SOURCES OF ENERGY IN THE COMMUNITY (ALTENER II) (7937/97)

Letter from Lord Geddes, Chairman of Sub-Committee B to Mr John Battle MP, Minister for Science, Energy and Industry, Department of Trade and Industry

  Sub-Committee B, which considered the above proposal at its meeting this morning, supports measures at both Community and national level to promote greater use of renewable energy sources. Like you, we welcome the continuation of the Altener programme, but we share your view that Altener II should be limited to two years' duration so that future activities under the programme can be better co-ordinated with the strategy that is likely to result from the forthcoming White Paper.

  I would be grateful if you could let me know in due course the outcome of negotiations on the proposal. In the meantime, the Sub-Committee has agreed to lift the scrutiny reserve.

10 July 1997


 
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