14 DECEMBER 1999
By the Select Committee appointed to consider European
Union documents and other matters relating to the European Union.
ELECTRICITY FROM RENEWABLES: FURTHER DOCUMENTS
1. In June 1999, the European Communities Committee
reported on Electricity from Renewables
following an inquiry by Sub-Committee
B. This report brings together various subsequent documents.
2. In the usual way, the Government responded to
the report. A copy of that response, dated October 1999, is in
3. The debate on the Report was held on 5 November
Shortly after making his contribution to that debate, Lord Montague
collapsed and subsequently died. In those unfortunate circumstances,
the House was adjourned. This meant that some Peers were unable
to speak. In particular, there was no opportunity for the Minister,
Lord Sainsbury of Turville, to reply for the Government.
4. Accordingly, the Minister collected the views
of those Peers who did not make their planned contributions to
the debate. He then made his reply in a letter of 30 November
1999 to Lord Geddes (who, as the then chairman of Sub-Committee
B, had introduced the debate on 5 November). That letter, together
with the supporting material, is in Annex 2.
5. During the debate on 5 November, it was learned
that evidence from the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales
(CPRW) had unfortunately gone astray on its way to the inquiry
in March 1999. That material is reproduced in Annex 3.
1 12th Report, 1998-99, HL Papers 78-I (report) and
78-II (evidence). Back
2 Official Report, columns 1102 - 1146. Back
3 A member of the Sub-Committee that had conducted the inquiry. Back