HC Deb 22 March 1976 vol 908 c1W
2. Mr. Rost

asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will make a statement on his recent discussions with the chairmen of the nationalised energy industries, at a forum on energy policy.

Mr. Benn

As I told my hon. Friend the Member for Normanton (Mr. Roberts) on 16th February—[Vol. 905, c. 474–5]— I intend to work towards developing an integrated energy policy in consultation with the management, unions and consumers in the fuel industries and through public discussion. The coal-electricity consultations on 20th February, which were widely reported at the time, were an important step in this process. I also intend to follow this initiative with an Energy Forum involving those directly concerned in all the fuel industries, probably in the summer.

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