Mr. John D. Taylor
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he last met Ministers from(a) Scotland and (b) the Republic of Ireland to discuss co-operation in the provision and distribution of energy; and if he will make a statement about energy co-operation between Northern Ireland and both Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.
§ Mr. Tim Smith
Regular discussions take place with Scottish Ministers on a wide range of issues including energy. Energy matters, particularly electricity, have been discussed with Ministers from the Republic of Ireland from time to time. I continue to support any co-operation in energy matters that may bring benefit to Northern Ireland.