§ Mr. Michael Spicer
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what progress has been made by EC member states towards providing for a single market in energy services with respect in particular to the free cross-border transmission of energy, the permitting of cross-border investment by one energy company in another, and third party access to a European-wide transmission network.
§ Mr. Wakeham
The European Commission adopted proposals on 22 January which represent the second phase of the internal energy market. The United Kingdom fully supports the Commission's proposals which, if adopted by the Council, will represent a significant liberalisation of the European Community's electricity and gas sectors. Copies of the proposals will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses shortly.