HC Deb 01 March 1978 vol 945 cc262-3W
Mr. Skeet

asked the Secretary of State for Energy if, further to his answer to the hon. Member for Bedford on 21st February 1978, Official Report, 22nd February 1978, he will indicate in which part of the domestic fuel market he envisages that solid fuel will be important in AD 2000; and what credibility he gives to the figure 0.9 billion therms set out in the Table in Command Paper No. 7101 Appendix 1 paragraph 20.

Mr. Eadie

The forecast of domestic solid fuel demand for the year 2000 AD in Command 7101 assumes a continuation of the trend of the last 20 years, levelling off at a residual demand reflecting an estimate of consumers' likely preference for solid fuel, particularly in mining areas.