§ Mr. Spearing
asked the Secretary of State for Energy which Article of the Treaty of Rome or its secondary legislation makes it not possible to restore the former statutory powers of the Domestic Coal Consumers Council.
§ Mr. Eadie
Although the duties of the Domestic Coal Consumers Council were modified by the European Communities Act 1972 so as to remove the statutory duty to notify my right hon. Friend where action appeared to it to be requisite, its powers remained unchanged, and it is free, as it always has been, to report and make recommendations to my right hon. Friend on any matter within its field of competence.