HC Deb 30 March 1979 vol 965 cc382-3W
Mr. Gow

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is the policy of the Government about the use of oil resources for the generation of other energy forms.

Mr. Benn

As the March 1978 White Paper on"The Challenge of North Sea Oil "—Cmnd. 7143—makes clear, the Government intend to channel a significant proportion of our oil resources into investment in energy. Better use of energy, and alternative sources to replace the oil when it begins to run out, will be essential. They can be secured by boosting energy investment, including research into renewable sources, and by conserving existing energy supplies.