HC Deb 09 July 1979 vol 970 c10W
22. Mr. Arnold

asked the Secretary of State for Energy whether he is satisfied that the EEC Energy Council can implement an effective 5 per cent. reduction in oil consumption.

Mr. David Howell

At the 18 June EEC Council, member States reaffirmed their determination to reduce their oil consumption substantially in order to achieve the Community objective of limiting oil consumption in 1979 to 500 million tonnes. The European Council on 21 and 22 June also expressed its resolve to continue to step up efforts in this direction. Member States have agreed to monitor progress and to undertake work on possible future measures should they become necessary.