HC Deb 09 March 1993 vol 220 c497W
Mr. Cousins

To ask the President of the Board of Trade what representations he has made to increase the number and widen the range of industrial pilot schemes under the EC ALTENER programme.

Mr. Eggar

I chaired the Council of Energy Ministers on 30 November 1992 which discussed a proposal for a decision concerning the promotion of renewable energy sources in the Community—ALTENER programme. The UK presidency secured politcal agreement to this programme which will support a series of actions to promote the greater exploitation of renewable energy resources within the Community. The ALTENER programme is a "software" programme and makes no financial provision for the creation of industrial plant.