§ Mr. Hooley
asked the Secretary of State for Energy what are the main areas of responsibility of his Department which are likely to be affected by the proposed enlargement of the EEC to include Spain, Portugal and Greece; and what special action is being taken within his Department to examine the problems which will arise.
§ Mr. Benn
As indicated in the memorandum on enlargement submitted on 7th March 1978 by my right hon. Friend the Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office to the Select Committee on European Legislation, enlargement of the Communities is not expected to have significant implications for the United Kingdom's energy policy. My Department does, however, keep in close touch with the accession negotiations and the prospect of enlargement is naturally considered, along with other factors, in formulating energy policy.