HC Deb 21 December 1982 vol 34 c417W
Mr. Henderson

asked the Secretary of State for Energy whether he will make a statement on the meeting of EEC Energy Ministers on 16 December.

Mr. John Moore

Energy Ministers of the EC member States held an informal meeting in Copenhagen on 16 December to discuss the possible elements of a Community solid fuel policy. The meeting agreed that there was a common interest in progress towards a balanced and comprehensive Community strategy for solid fuels. To this end the Ministers agreed to consider proposals which the Commission has put forward or intend shortly to put forward in a number of areas including promoting the use of solid fuels; the handling and transport of coal; coking coal; the modernisation and rationalisation of coal production; the problem of stocks; intra-Community trade in solid fuels; trade with third countries; environmental questions related to coal; and research, development and demonstration. I regard this as a positive and constructive outcome, which will allow progress to be made on an area of Community policy of particular interest to the United Kingdom. I anticipate that discussion will resume on the basis of specific proposals from the Commission in the early part of 1983.

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