HC Deb 07 November 1983 vol 48 c16
18. Mr. David Atkinson

asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he has contingency plans for alternative supplies of energy in the event of disruption of oil imports.

Mr. Buchanan-Smith

Yes. There are plans to make maximum use of alternative forms of energy in the event of oil shortages.

Mr. Atkinson

Does my hon. Friend agree that the apparent sale of French Exocet missiles to Iraq puts the West's supply of oil through the straits of Hormuz at great risk? Can he assure us that we have detailed and effective plans for energy conservation in that event—in addition, that is, to his possibly advising us to clean our teeth in the dark?

Mr. Buchanan-Smith

We have an oil-sharing scheme with other Western industrial nations. Our electricity industry's considerable generating capacity and our oil resources show that we have several indigenous sources of energy.